SW Montana Flood Relief Fund - Serving Park County


To assist with flood relief efforts in Park County, and other areas of Southwest Montana impacted by flooding.

You can text Flood22 to 41444 
You can also send a check to:
Greater Gallatin United Way"
945 Technology Boulevard                                                                     
Bozeman, MT 59718
Please put "SWMT Flood Relief Fund" in the memo     



To apply to request funds from the SWMT Flood Relief Fund:

Communities in Park County and other areas of SW MT experienced severe flooding this past Spring. In response, Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and the Park County Community Foundation (PCCF) launched the SW MT Flood Relief Fund in the hours following the flood.

Launched in June 2022, the SW MT Flood Relief Fund has provided almost $3 million to over 400 individuals, businesses, and nonprofits impacted by the flooding of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

These round 1 funds went to urgent, critical needs like evacuation costs, food replacement, income stability, water, medicine and other needs. 

Starting October 1st, 2022 the SW MT Flood Relief Fund has transitioned to a 2nd phase of funding to address the unique needs of each community in Park County following the flood.

Phase II Priority Areas:

  • Economic Relief to North Yellowstone Communities- The SW MT Flood Relief Fund has partnered with the Yellowstone Community Fund to provide critical funding to help the communities surrounding Gardiner, Cooke City, Silver Gate, and Mammoth, WY. For more information and to apply visit: Yellowstone Community Fund


  • Nonprofit Relief and Resiliency Grants- Local nonprofits will continue to play a critical role in the long-term relief and resiliency of Park County communities for years to come. Nonprofits serving those impacted by the flood are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, click: Here


  • Severe Flood Damage- Many in Park County experienced physical damage to their home, business, or nonprofits from rising water. Case managers are working with previous applicants to identify increased needs. Currently, the fund is not accepting new applications for direct flood damage.


For questions about the SW MT Flood Relief Fund: Call 406-587-2194 or Email disaster-relief@greatergallatinuntitedway.org



Livingston Food Resource Center- www.livingstonfrc.org, (406) 222-5335

Gardiner Food Pantry- www.mfbn.org/resource/gardiner-food-pantry, (307) 250-5853

Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace (Cooke City/Silver Gate)- https://mtrepublicchapel.org, (406) 838-2397


HRDC- www.thehrdc.org, (406) 333-2537

Utilities (Electric, Gas, Wood):

HRDC- www.thehrdc.org, (406) 333-2537

Volunteer Help:

Park County Environmental Council: www.pcecmt.org, (406) 222-0723


Angel Line- (406) 222-4668

Windrider Transit- (406) 922-5683

Childcare/Youth Activities:

Child Care Connections- www.cccmontana.org, (406) 587-7786


HRDC- www.thehrdc.org, (406) 333-2537

Mental Health:

2-1-1 Montana- www.montana211.org, 211 or (406) 586-3333

Livewell 49- www.livewell49.org, (406) 823-6604


Nonprofit Recovery and Resiliency Grants

Park County is fortunate to have a robust nonprofit sector. Our local nonprofits will continue to play a role in the long-term relief and resiliency of our community for years to come have been instrumental to the recovery in the Upper Yellowstone Drainage.

Some grant highlights include:

The Human Resource Development Council received a grant to provide people direct support for housing costs, utility bills, firewood loss, and propane refills and more. Additionally, HRDC is also serving as the official Resource Navigator, connecting residents to a variety of different programs and resources aimed at helping those impacted by the flood.

The Livingston Food Resource Center and the Gardiner Food Pantry experienced significant increases in overall food distribution. Thanks to your support of the SW MT Flood Relief Fund, we were able to support their efforts to combat food insecurity.

Supported by a grant from us, a partnership between LiveWell 49 and the Livingston Food Resource Center is providing extensive mental health support for anyone having difficulty after experiencing losses from this historic flooding.


Important tax information for recipients of the fund: 


The funding you received from the SW MT Flood Relief Fund is non-taxable as income because the event was officially declared a “Major Disaster” by FEMA. Therefore, we will not be sending out 1099 forms or any other version of a receipt for tax preparation purposes. Incldued in this email is a tax pamphlet—please refer to page 14 and 15 for questions about your disaster funding.
From the IRS website:
According to the IRS, qualified disaster relief payments include payments received for the following:

  • Reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a presidentially declared disaster. These may include medical, dental, housing, personal property or transportation needs caused by the disaster.
  • Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or rehabilitation of a personal residence due to a presidentially declared disaster. A personal residence can be a rented residence or one you own.
  • Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or replacement of the contents of a personal residence due to a presidentially declared disaster.


Tax Pamphlet for more information:


Total Raised and Pledged: $2,731,359

(As of 10/04/2022, 12:00 pm)

In the first 24 hours, the fund received over $350,000 in initial seed funding thanks to the generosity of Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Deborah Erdman, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Montana Rail Link, Willow Creek Ranch, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, and others. 

To view a list of donors, please CLICK HERE.

  • We are NOT collecting material goods. We are in need of financial donations to help those impacted by the flood.
  • Greater Gallatin United Way serves Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, and Park Counties.
  • GGUW will retain 5% for administrative fees. PCCF has waived all admin fees.

Businesses wishing to host third-party fundraisers for the SWMT Flood Relief Fund, please review these guidelines.

We appreciate your efforts on our behalf.


Throughout the life of this fund, allocation decisions were made carefully and thoughtfully. GGUW and PCCF’s priority was to make the application process simple, humanizing and organized. Case managers thoroughly look over each application and make recommendations based on the damage incurred. Funding recommendation amounts and eligibility requirements were decided by a Donation Steering Group.

SW Montana Flood Relief Donation Steering Group:

  • Gavin Clark, Executive Director, Park County Community Foundation
  • Kim Hall, President/CEO, Greater Gallatin United Way 
  • George Haddenhorst, interim President/CEO, Greater Gallatin United Way
  • Megan Castle, Greater Gallatin United Way
  • Seabring Davis, Livingston
  • Jim Halfpenny, Gardiner
  • Samantha Pierce, Livingston
  • Donna Rowland, Cooke City
  • Victoria Schilling, Shields Valley
  • Tom Shellenberg, Livingston
  • Tim Stevens, Livingston

State of Montana Resources


If your tourism-related business needs assistance, click here.

If you have lost your job due to the flooding, click here.

Click here to see the State of Montana Resources for Flooding Recovery.