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(1) Committee recommendations to the legislature of those projects which meet the evaluation criteria to the extent possible also must address the following considerations:

(a) Geographical diversity - taken as a whole, grants should assist the entire state;

(b) Cultural diversity - recognizing the special needs of access to cultural and aesthetic projects and services and the unique perspective, skills, talents and contributions of the wide variety of the people of Montana, the grants recommended, taken as a whole, should reflect and affirm that diversity, and as such, provide enrichment to the population at large. These projects should encourage the expansion of opportunities for all Montanans to create, participate in and appreciate the wide range of all cultural and aesthetic activities regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic origin, income, physical and mental ability or place of residence.

(c) Project diversity - a variety of different interests and disciplines within the eligible projects should be served and which also may include but not be limited to the following:

(i) service to local communities or counties, multi-county regions and the state;

(ii) service to urban and rural populations;

(iii) special projects, operational support, capital expenditures and endowment development;

(iv) single sponsors and those representing coalitions of a number of organizations.

(d) Cost diversity - consideration will be given to projects requesting both large and small amounts of funding.

History: Sec. 22-2-303 MCA; IMP, 22-2-302 and 22-2-306; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 1756, Eff. 11/15/85.

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