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Fort Peck Theatre In Line For $500,000 Grant

The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is in line to receive a $500,000 grant from the State of Montana under the Historic Preservation Grant Program.

The Montana Legislature is considering the program which would appropriate over $8.5 million across the State of Montana for historic preservation.

The council would use the grant money for the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. The grant money would be used to update heating, cooling and ventilation to be able to keep the building operating year round rather than just seasonally. The building has hosted many performances over the last 50 years and these upgrades could open the theatre to even more entertainment and activities beyond the 14 weeks of the year it currently operates. And, as the only performing arts center within a 300-mile radius, it provides a much needed amenity to the region.

The total project would cost over $1.047 million and the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council has other grant requests pending to cover the cost of the renovation.

The Montana House Appropriations Committee has unanimously passed the legislation and will now to go the full floor of the House for approval.

Governor Greg Gianforte also included the grant request in his executive budget.

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