Eagle Mount Billings announced Wednesday they received a 20,000 dollar award grant from the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities to support the Adaptive Field Trips Program in Billings Schools District 2.

Executive Director of Eagle Mount Billings, Genna Southworth, says they hope to provide more than 200 fun experiences for children with developmental disabilities thanks to this grant. The Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities commits to a delivery system improving independence for people with disabilities and helping to enrich their lives and the community. 

“This grant will allow us to expand our Adaptive Field Trip program to more schools and more participants, specifically low-income elementary schools and expanding into the middle schools,” Southworth said.

Eagle Mount Billings has served the local community for over 30 years and is funded through private dollars. The organization works to enhance the lives of people with disabilities through recreational activities. It also helps create opportunities for participants to live their lives fully with no limits.

Robert and Greta Mathis founded Eagle Mount, inspired by Robert’s dream of creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The organization was first established in Bozeman, Montana, and provided a ski program specializing in nordic and alpine skiing. The program was so well-received that a waiting list was needed to serve everyone who wished to do it. Eagle Mount was expanded to Billings in the late 80s and provided for activities like kayaking, swimming, golf, and much more. 

For more information, visit Eagle Mount Billings’ Facebook page or visit their website where you can donate to the organization and find out about the activities provided.