Red Ants Pants Foundation


The Foundation

To show support for the hard-working side of Montana and beyond, the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3), was born in 2011. The Foundation supports women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities, the three things most important to Calhoun, the company, and the Red Ants Pants Community.

The Mission

  • To develop and expand leadership roles for women.
  • To preserve and support working family farms and ranches.
  • To enrich and promote rural communities.

The Values

  • To recognize and cultivate a strong work ethic.
  • To encourage and build self-reliance, especially for women.
  • To educate the public on the importance of maintaining traditional work skills.
  • To provide opportunities for people with different perspectives to connect, build bridges, and discover common ground.



Girls Leadership Program

The Red Ants Pants Foundation Girls Leadership Program is designed to inspire hope for our youth, develop pride in our rural communities, and foster strength and courage in our leadership. We believe our program builds highly competent and confident leaders, cultivated specifically to create positive social change and positive community impacts.

To learn more and apply, please visit our website:

Timber Skills Workshops

Here at the Red Ants Pants Foundation, we believe in teaching and sharing practical skills that can be used in our day-to-day lives, work places and while we’re out exploring all that Montana has to offer. Having the skills to work with timber can be incredibly useful and rewarding. Whether it is for a career choice or home ownership, knowing how to work with wood and use the related hand and power tools is a valuable skill.

Each year, using proceeds from our Red Ants Pants Music Festival, we host three-day-plus Timber Skills Workshops designed to empower and educate women of all skill levels on the basic understanding, maintenance and operation of hand and power tools.

Click here if you are interested in learning more or participating in a Timber Skills Workshop!

Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Come connect with good folks and celebrate rural Montana. Join us for four days of fun each July up in White Sulphur Springs. Save the date for our next Festival – July 28-31, 2022! A portion of the proceeds goes to the Red Ants Pants Foundation. More information here.

Community Grants

With proceeds from the past nine Red Ants Pants Music Festivals, over $110,000 in mission-based community grants have been awarded.

Learn more about our Community Grant Program and grab some inspiration from the good work of our past grant recipients here.