Thursday, August 26, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

Funding Available - Community Investment Fund

(Doug Note - Schools have been awarded funds in the past. There typically aren't a lot of applicants for this. Make sure to complete all forms throughly - a lack of information can be an immediate disqualification when applications are reviewed.)


What is the Community Investment Fund? 

The Community Investment Fund is a small pot of money (up to $3000 in 2021, which may be divided between several recipientsthat the Rural Institute has made available for inclusive, innovative projects or programs that will help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities. 


Who is eligible to apply for funding? 

Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group, or individual with a creative idea developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion (people with disabilities participating together alongside people without disabilities) is eligible to apply.  


Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to view the YouTube CIF overview video at, as well as the March 1, 2016 “What’s the Buzz about Inclusion?” ( the January 24, 2017 “Inclusion: We All Benefit” ( webinars prior to applying.  


How does someone apply for funding? 

To apply, fill out the Community Investment Fund application and submit it by the deadline. Applications are available in hard copy and online formats, and may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Rural Institute. 


When is the application deadline? 

For the 2021 funding cycle, the application deadline is September 1, 2021 and applicants will receive notice of funding decisions by October 31, 2021Successful applicants will receive half of their award amount up front and the other half once their project is completed and their final report submitted and approved. 


When does the funding need to be spent? 

Community Investment Funds must be spent by April 15, 2022. 


What are the follow-up requirements after someone has received funding? 

Successful applicants will be required to submit a follow-up report describing how the money was spent, how many people with and without disabilities participated/were served, and how the project impacted the lives of people with and without disabilities 


Who can be contacted for more information? 

Kim BrownUniversity of Montana Rural Institute 

33 Corbin HallMissoula, Montana 59812 

Email:; Phone: 406-243-4852 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Virtual STAR Training - August 17/18, 2021

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 Two-Day STAR Training - Virtual

This comprehensive two-day workshop provides participants with detailed examples and practice activities on how to implement the evidence-based practices identified in  the National Standards Report (2009). The STAR Program is used to provide examples

Appropriate content connected to the common core curriculum is presented and detailed information on the three evidenced-based instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching through functional routines are shared. 

Participants will learn how to implement these strategies through structured lesson plans and a curriculum scope and sequence. The workshop will include extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making. 

Registration preference for this virtual training will be given to those who would have to travel more than one hour to attend an in-person training. In-person two-day STAR trainings will be offered in early winter, but the locations and dates have not yet been set. 

The virtual training will not be recorded and attendance is required on the training dates. 
This virtual training is limited to 30 people. 
Twelve OPI renewal units will be available for this training. 
This training is FREE from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project.
            The training is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.