The Cinnabar Foundation plays a unique role as Montana’s homegrown conservation fund. Recognizing that the challenges ahead loom large, we invite everyone to invest in a Montana conservation legacy that will live on in perpetuity.

It was created in 1983 to support the constitutional right of Montanans to a clean and healthful environment.

The Cinnabar Foundation is the extraordinary legacy of Len and Sandy Sargent. Through their vision and generosity, and the philanthropy of others, the Foundation:

  • Invests in Nonprofits to fulfill their missions through strategic grants, networking, and educational opportunities;
  • Identifies and Addresses Montana’s Conservation Needs by engaging in partnerships to solve problems and create a better and more sustainable quality of life for all; and
  • Partners with Donors by sharing our knowledge of Montana’s conservation needs and issues to make charitable giving easy and making donations exceptionally effective.

As activists and philanthropists, the Sargents always were willing to add their voices and offer their financial support to Montana’s grassroots environmental movement. As you explore our website, we hope you’ll discover that spirit is alive and well.

Western SARE advances innovations that promote environmental stewardship, enhance quality of life, and improve profitability of rural communities by investing in groundbreaking agricultural research and education.

We support projects by farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, researchers, and extension educators in 17 Western states and territories. Over the past 30 years, Western SARE has assisted more than 1,000 different sustainability projects with over $57 million in funding.

We also have created an extensive learning center to ensure that research results are easily and rapidly accessible.

You can learn more about our grant programs and learning center at