(COLUMBIA FALLS, MONT.) - The Board of Trustees of the Glacier National Park Conservancy (GNPC) is pleased to announce that they have awarded an additional $30,000 to fund four projects to the already announced nine year-end grants to Glacier National Park for 2013 projects. These funds come from the sale of the Montana Glacier National Park specialty license plate as well as from annual fund donors who have allowed our Trustees to allocate these funds as needed by the Park. We want to extend a special thank you to donors who have made these year-end grants possible.

As National Park budgets continue to be challenging, we want to provide support to the Park and assist in meeting the needs of the roughly two million visitors to the park each year. We have an opportunity to “step up to the plate” and increase our role as the official philanthropic partner of Glacier National Park by supporting education, research, visitor experience and preservation needs in the Park. We must continue to support the needs of the visitor while preserving the delicate ecosystem and the habitat of wildlife that live in the Park.

The history of private/public partnerships has a long history in Glacier National Park. “We are fortunate to have so many wonderful donors - locally and across the country - who love Glacier National Park and understand the importance of giving back to ensure that others will be able to enjoy the Park well into the future.” says Jane Ratzlaff of GNPC.

The following four additional grants have been awarded for 2013.

 Museum Storage Project

 Construct Overlook at Redrocks Parking Area

 Bearproof Storage Lockers

 Support for Youth Volunteer Groups

There are many other projects that still need to be funded in 2013. If you would like to support any of these projects in Glacier National Park, it is not too late. Just go to our donation page - http://www.glacierfund.org/GIVE/general_donation.htm - and make a general donation.

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official non-profit fundraising and retail partner for Glacier National Park. Their mission is to create a connection to Glacier National Park through outreach, philanthropy, education and interpretation. For further information, call 406-892-3250.