Fiscal sponsorship is a relationship in which the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation provides the legal and financial framework for a charitable initiative, activity, or project that lacks a formal tax-exempt status. The Foundation focuses on administration duties and the fiscal group focuses on their specific mission impacts.
Learn more about some of our fiscal sponsorship organizations below:
Thank you for honoring Sidney Reinhardt’s bold and beautiful spirit through your donation to the Red Lodge City Pool Fund. Sid loved the pool and your contribution in memory of Sid will help provide a fun and safe place for children and families for many years to come. Live Like Sid!
Since its construction in 1983 the Red Lodge City Pool has served the city and greater Carbon County. In recent years the outdoor pool faced mechanical and operational challenges. The pool was not ADA compliant and City Public Works declared it was beyond a quick fix. The pool has been closed since the summer of 2019.
After surveying the community stakeholders and studying various options, the city council approved the resolution to renovate the pool at its current location. The plan calls for an L-shaped, zero entry design. Interstate Engineering will administer the construction beginning in April 2021. The cost is expected to be $1.696 million and it is scheduled to be completed and ready to open in June 2022.
In October 2020 the City Council appointed a five-member Pool Committee to review the plans and to initiate a fundraising campaign to reduce the impact of costs on the city’s capital budget. In addition, the committee intends to build upon an existing endowment fund to aid in covering annual operation and maintenance costs. Based on historical data the annual operating and maintenance expenses are projected to be approximately $65,125.00
In Red Lodge, the outdoor swimming season is weather dependent, but typically starts in June and runs through August. The plan is to maximize pool operation during the three-month season. Historically the pool served 800 to 1000 swimmers per month. The renovated pool will be operationally more efficient and serve the residents of Red Lodge and Carbon County as well as our seasonal visitors.
Please support the pool renovation and upgrade. With commitment and effort, the renovated pool will be the pride of Red Lodge.
Located atop the west bench of Red Lodge, Double Ditch Dog Park is a dog-friendly open space for residents and visitors.
It is a roughly 4-acre plot of land consisting of a dog-waste station nearby, benches (3), a picnic table, trails, natural areas, and free-flowing water on both sides which dogs can access. Parking is available in front of the park in a dirt lot. Park is open year-round and maintained by volunteers.
Questions or comments: contact the dog park volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donating to the “Farmers’ Market,” will provide access to fresh, local food and provide a free, weekly, community event where farmers can sell their goods.
We rely on donations to keep the market going. Please consider donating today to ensure that you have access to fresh produce for years to come!
Donating to the Forum for Provocative Issues will help enable community discussion about important topics.
Since January 2012, the Forum for Provocative Issues has met monthly (usually–September through May on the first Tuesday of the month) to discuss, in-person, a wide range of topics. To sign up for program notices or dinner reservations please email RedLodgeMtForum@gmail.com. Some of our topics are controversial and we do invite differing perspectives that attendees may bring to scheduled programs.
Mission: to plow the West Fork Road from the intersection with the Ski Run Road to the winter closure at the Girl Scout Camp. This allows safe and continuous access to all three West Fork winter recreation areas.
Those looking for unique winter activities don’t have to go far thanks to the folks working with the Friends of the West Fork Recreation. A group of dedicated volunteers helps keep a couple of miles of road cleared and groomed for access to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter dog walking.
The cost of plowing the West Fork each winter costs about $4,000, and is paid for through the Fun Run for Charities and local donations
Plowing allows winter access to 3 recreation areas: Silver Run Trails, West Fork Road at its point of closure, and Nichols Creek Trail. Without the efforts of Friends of the West Fork, the road would be not plowed and unsafe.
The Helloraring Skatepark is run by a loose-knit, but passionate group of community members who work to make our Skate Park a positive, enriching, and fun place!
LEARNING THROUGH CREATING
Space + Tools + Expertise
Hero’s STEAM Center offers the entire learning community of Red Lodge and Carbon County ways to realize their creative and business ideas. We offer a variety of classes, tools, and expertise to learn through creating.
Located in the Roosevelt Center, 519 South Broadway Red Lodge, Montana 59068
Our backcountry journeys are dedicated to providing area youth with the chance to build lifelong relationships to nature—through adventure, science education, team building, and personal discovery.
Our program was founded in 2006 in memory of Jane Ferguson – a woman passionately committed to educating and inspiring young people with hands-on experiences in the out-of-doors.
Jane Ferguson Wilderness Adventures provides the kinds of opportunities for youth that instill the sense of joy and wonder Jane always discovered in the Wilderness.
Follow the adventures!
When you shop at Kids Corner, you’re making a difference!
Kids Corner is a nonprofit, volunteer-run children’s store that sells gently-loved clothing, shoes, toys, and gear.
All profits from the store support youth activities throughout Carbon County, and since the store opened in 2011, we have given more than $50,000 in grants to meet the needs of area children.
Organizations with a youth-focused mission are encouraged to apply for a grant up to $600. For an application, click here.
Kids Corner is located at 18 N. Broadway on Red Lodge’s main street, and the store is supported by both local shoppers and visitors.
For directions to the store, click here.
If you’re a teacher, mention your school and the grade/subject you teach to get a 20% discount on all purchases.
With only 20% of the need for childcare met in Carbon County, Meadowlark Children’s Center works to increase access to high quality early childhood care. Through grant funding and the help of RLACF, Meadowlark Children’s Center is preparing to open its doors to children ages 12 weeks old to 6 years old.
As an organization, we strive to address the challenges of childcare in our community head on and to advocate for community partnerships that support our working families’ ability to not only access childcare but to reasonably afford it.
As a program, we embrace children for the natural learners that they are. Through a combination of Reggio-Emilia & Conscious Discipline philosophies, we hope to use every tool available to meet them where they are and guide them through their unique developmental ages and stages.
Mission: Provide financial support to install new flags and maintain flags along Broadway.
Funds primarily go to replace worn-out flags, poles, and equipment. A small portion of funds goes to provide breakfast to volunteers following early morning work sessions.
Broadway’s flags create a unique and colorful downtown environment for residents and tourists.
Last year’s funds replaced a significant number of worn-out flags and allowed for new brackets and poles near the roundabout.
Visit our Facebook page: Broadway Flags
Red Lodge Proud and Beautiful is a subcommittee of the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce, which promotes the business economic health of the Red Lodge area through education, advocacy, and tourism promotion regionally, nationally and internationally as well as operation of the Visitor’s Center as a central information resource for visitors.
We hope to impact thousands of visitors from around the world, as well as our local citizens by creating a scenic historic memory of Red Lodge, MT. The donations we receive will help in funding the Flower Baskets on Broadway from the Fun Run is what Red Lodge is all about; everyone working together to achieve the bigger goals we could not achieve alone.
All funds will be used to continue enhancing our downtown area with the Flower Baskets on Broadway. Each year our goal is to try to raise $10,000 to purchase the flowers and care for the baskets that line our downtown corridor.
Last year, the funds were used to purchase the flowers for the Flower Baskets on Broadway and also maintain their care throughout the season.
To reach Red Lodge Proud & Beautiful, visit our Facebook page at Red Lodge Proud and Beautiful or call the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce at 406-446-1718.
Fundraising Goal: $10,000
Please consider financial support now for a recreational field space in Red Lodge – construction 2022!
After 10 years of evaluating potential opportunities, our club has found suitable space to build a safe and sustainable field for soccer practices and games. Not only will we provide a dedicated area for Carbon County players, the field will serve as a recreational space on City-owned park space for the community to use. Thanks to the Parks Board and the City of Red Lodge, we are approved to advance our long awaited plans to build a field at Upper Coal Miner’s Park, adjacent to the High School. This location is a perfect setting and will also provide community green space alongside other uses you may already enjoy – trails, bike skills course, frisbee golf, winter sledding and more. Similar to the ice rink in town, a specialized user group assists the City in building and running the facility, gets dedicated space to run their program, and shares with the public at all other times.
Nearly 25 years ago, a small group of parents organized soccer activities for elementary-aged youth, and their passion for this popular game grew here in Carbon County to create Red Lodge Youth Soccer. Each year volunteers and more than 200 youth ages 4 to 19 support a recreational and competitive program that develops player skill, love of the game, healthy outdoor exercise, and most importantly, sportsmanship. The club teams have historically held practices at areas designed for park picnics, football and baseball fields, and even hayfields, or traveled to nearby towns to use their non-soccer areas. The players need a safe place to play. This field, along with use of the new turf field at the high school when available, will provide practice areas and regulation game fields.
Our construction activities in 2022 will cost approximately $155,000 to build one regulation size grass field with water supply and underground sprinkler equipment. To date, approximately $45,000 has been raised and/or pledged. WE ARE SO CLOSE! Please help us raise the necessary funds to complete this valuable community asset. Red Lodge Youth Soccer is responsible for all funds to construct. Thank you for your consideration.
Want to know more about this project? Please visit www.redlodgeyouthsoccer.com, or call Beth at 406-672-5360.