Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are asking state residents with a knack for creativity to help design an innovative and professional logo for the new Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH) currently under construction in Butte.

“We’re looking forward to the facility opening later this year to serve Montana Veterans and their families, and the logo contest is way to build even more excitement,” DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said. “We know there’s a lot of creative graphic artists all over the state and this will be a fun way to involve the public.”

Architech's rendering of the new Southwest Montana Veteran's Home. (Courtesy of DPPHS)
Architect's rendering of the new Southwest Montana Veteran's Home. (Courtesy of DPPHS)

Hogan said the new facility is scheduled to open later in 2020.

Hogan said logo designs must meet certain guidelines and help promote the mission of the SWMVH, which is ‘Serving those who have served’.

The winner will receive a plaque with the logo, designating them as the designer(s) and a duplicate will be permanently displayed in the facility’s Community Center. The award will be presented at a grand opening ceremony slated for November.

Submissions will be accepted through March 16, 2020. The winner will be announced later this spring.

Entries must be mailed on a thumb drive to:

SWMVH Logo Contest

Attention: Mark Gollinger

2201 White Blvd

Butte, MT 59701

The logo designs can be submitted on a thumb drive as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format or high resolution over 4000 x 3000 pixel size .jpg file. However, an EPS file type is preferred. Logo designs can also be submitted as a high resolution .pdf with 300 dpi or higher.

The logo will be featured on the SWMVH website, social media platforms, print media, signage, and other mediums. As a result, the logo must be clean, recognizable, and concise.

There are no limitations on colors. However, the logo must look legible in color, black and white and as an embossed stamp.

The logo cannot contain copyrighted material and must be created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. It must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

The facility name Southwest Montana Veterans Home or acronym ‘SWMVH’ must be included.

The winner will be selected by a panel of representatives from the Southwest Montana Veterans Home Foundation and DPHHS. Contestants agree that the Foundation and DPHHS may publish their logo and name(s) and may use for advertising campaigns, SWMVH branding, and marketing materials in the future.

Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo and to the State of Montana. Additionally, SWMVH may alter, modify, or revise the logo as it sees necessary.

For more information call Shaunda Hildebrand of the DPHHS Senior and Long Term Care Division at 444-4209 or email Or, visit the SWMVH website at

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