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March 4, 2010

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McCulloch Awarded $30,000 Federal Grant to Operate Civics Program

HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today announced that the Montana Commission on Community Service has awarded the Secretary of State’s office a $30,000 federal planning grant to complement its ongoing efforts to improve civic knowledge and increase Montana citizens’ participation in government.

The Montana Commission of Community Service planning grant was awarded through a grant the Commission received from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Secretary of State’s office will match its $30,000 share with in-kind services totaling an estimated $11,000.

“Social, economic and cultural factors can all influence a person’s civic interest,” McCulloch said. “This grant will help us identify the varying civic needs in communities across Montana and plan our outreach efforts accordingly.”

The planning grant provides for a student intern through the summer of 2010. The program will be managed by the Secretary of State’s Civic Outreach Director, with representatives from the education community and state, tribal, county and local governments serving as outreach advisors.

“We’ll be out in the community discussing civics with folks from every corner of the state,” McCulloch said. “The feedback will help in the design of future civics programs and activities.”

The civic needs identified through the civic engagement planning grant program will supplement an application to the CNCS to fund an AmeriCorps program in Montana that will begin in 2011. For more information about the CNCS planning grants, logon to grants.gov/