Community Development Funding Database

Welcome to the Community Development Funding Database. This searchable resource database will help you identify state and federal grant and loan opportunities to help fund community and economic development projects. Filter your search based on project type, applicant, agency, and more using the filters on the left. You do not need to use all filters, only the ones that apply.

This funding tool is meant to serve as a resource guide, and does not guarantee eligibility or qualifications. Please contact individual agencies for current program details and more information regarding eligibility and project qualifications.

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COVID-19 Relief Funding

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Please visit the Montana Coronavirus Relief Fund website to learn more about the grant opportunities and to apply.

Montana Loan Deferment Program
The Montana Loan Deferment Program is facilitated by Montana banks, credit unions, and lending institutions in partnership with the State of Montana.  Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) will be used to provide payments to participating lenders to convert existing commercial loans to interest only status, with the result being an existing borrower will be able to defer principal and interest payments on existing loans for a period of 6 to 12 months, thereby freeing up a significant amount of otherwise-dedicated capital for the borrower on a monthly basis.

Montana Business Adaptation Program
The Montana Business Adaptation Program will provide reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses related to keeping staff and customers safe – from the purchase of personal protective equipment to resources needed for staff to work remotely. Eligible small business must be Montana-based, employ 50 or less, have incurred eligible adaptation expenses since March 1 due to COVID-19, and be in good standing with the Secretary of State or local tribal government. Nonprofit entities are eligible. Eligible expenses include costs related to communication, remote work equipment, cleaning supplies, tools to enhance social distancing and sanitation, travel and hotel costs related to quarantining workers. Total funding available is $20 million, the maximum reimbursement amount per business is $5,000.
1.800.755.6672

Montana Business Stabilization Program
The Montana Business Stabilization Grant program will provide working capital for small businesses to support payroll, rent, accounts payable, debt service and expenses related to shifts in operations in order to retain existing businesses, retain current employees or retain business viability for future re-employment. Eligible small business must be Montana-based, employ 50 or less, have sustained a loss of revenue since Feb. 15 due to COVID 19, and be in good standing with the Secretary of State or local tribal government. Nonprofit entities are not eligible. Total funding available is $75 million, the maximum award amount per business is $10,000.
1.800.755.6672

Local Government Reimbursement Program

Reimbursement is available to local governments as part of the CAREs Act and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grant program for direct costs associated with COVID-19. This program will be administered by the Local Government Services (LGS) Bureau at the Department of Administration, in consultation with the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning and Department of Military Affairs Disaster and Emergency Services Division.Requests for reimbursement must be submitted to LGS by June 12, July 17, September 4, and/or December 1, 2020, and will be reimbursed within 30 days of these deadlines. An entity will receive a maximum of four reimbursement payments. Per the COVID-19 reimbursement form, localities must list actual costs incurred related to COVID-19 and provide sufficient documentation to support incurred costs. Reimbursement requests must be certified and signed by a member of the local governing body.
http://sfsd.mt.gov/LGSB/COVID-Relief

Emergency Housing Assistance Program
The Emergency Housing Assistance program will provide rent, security deposit, mortgage payment, and/ or hazard insurance assistance as-needed for Montanans who have lost a job or substantial income loss as a result of COVID-19. Initial payments may include up to three months assistance where the eligible household can demonstrate arrears for April and May, with continual inability to make their June payment. Montana Housing will pay the difference between 30 percent of the household’s current gross monthly income and their eligible housing assistance costs, up to $2,000 a month. Household income limits range from $75,000-$125,000 based on family size. Montanans receiving other forms of housing assistance are not eligible. Total funding available is $50 million.
406.841.2840 | HOUSING.MT.GOV

Public Health Grants
Public Health Grants are available to local and tribal health departments and urban Indian health centers to help in the response to COVID-19 and to meet the needs of their communities. Each organization is eligible to apply for funding. Current funding available is $5 million.
1.888.333.0461 | DPHHS.MT.GOV

Stay Connected Grants
Grants ranging from $500-$2,000 per applicant are available to reduce social isolation among Montana’s seniors. Eligible applicants include area agencies on aging, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, tribal elder services, and Critical Access Hospitals. Grant funds can be used to fund technologies and other efforts to encourage physically distant forms of social interaction for elderly Montanans during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Current funding available is $400,000
1.888.333.0461 | DPHHS.MT.GOV

Food Bank and Food Pantry Assistance
Grants of up to $50,000 per applicant are available to increase food security for Montanans hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants include community organizations providing food assistance to Montanans with limited resources, food banks, food pantries, community cupboards, and entities with infrastructures already in place to begin new food distribution programs. Current funding available is $2 million.
1.888.333.0461 | DPHHS.MT.GOV

Social Services Nonprofit Grants
Grants of up to $10,000 per applicant are available for nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency to retain existing programs and services, employees, or organizational viability for provision of future services and operations. Eligible applicants are registered, Montana-based social service nonprofits that were operating prior to February 15, 2020. This includes senior services, housing services, transportation, public safety, energy assistance, economic development, job training, recreational services and tourism-related activities. Current funding available is $10 million. Each eligible nonprofit may only be awarded one grant.
1.888.333.0461 | DPHHS.MT.GOV

Telework Assistance Grants
Grantsof up to $1,000 per individual will go towards purchasing equipment to assist Montanans with disabilities access telework equipment. DPHHS will partner with a local non-profit organization to assess and support assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities during COVID-19. This assistance will help ensure people with disabilities have the equipment needed to adapt to the change in working environment due to COVID-19. Current funding available is $650,000. If you are interested in applying, please email [email protected] with your name and contact information, with Telework Assistance Grants as the subject of the email.
1.888.333.0461 | DPHHS.MT.GOV

Safeguard Access to Health Care
Grants will be available beginning on August 10 to assist Montanans in finding and enrolling in affordable and comprehensive insurance coverage. Eligible providers include Montana’s community health centers, urban Indian clinics, and the eight Tribal nations in Montana who have or will hire certified application counselors to help people find coverage. The funds can be used to train or pay for staffing costs for certified application counselors or promotion of coverage options through open enrollment and beyond. Providers will be eligible to apply for $30,000 grants on a first come, first serve basis starting on August 10, 2020.

Current funding available is $1 million.

Behavioral Health Grants
Grants are available for Montana licensed behavioral health providers impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency to retain existing programs and services, employees, or organizational viability for provision of future services and operations. Providers can receive grants up to 8% of their annual Montana behavioral health patient revenues OR demonstrated lost behavioral health patient revenues between March and June 2020 (whichever is the lesser amount). Current funding available is $33 million. Each eligible provider may only be awarded one behavioral health grant.
1.888.333.0461 | DPHHS.MT.GOV

Funding for Schools Allocation Program
Funding for schools is available as part of the CARES Act to assist schools as they reopen this fall. On July 15, Governor Bullock announced $75 million to schools for the purposes of reopening schools this fall. $10 million will be set aside to assist schools with incremental transportation costs. The $65 million will be distributed on a per ANB basis to 155,294 budgeted ANB. This is approximately $418.50 per budged ANB. This application is open on July 24 and closes on August 14. There are two funding allocations on August 7 and August 21. This program will be administered by the Department of Administration, in consultation with the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning. Per the Allocation Guidance, schools must use this funding for expenses specifically related to adjusting, adapting, and providing accommodations for students, parents, educators, and schools and their learning environment due to the needs generated by COVID 19. Governor Bullock has allocated additional funding for accredited private schools. Funding availability and deadlines are the same.

Allocation Guidance for Schools
Certification Form


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Department of Labor and Industry

Incumbent Worker Training Program

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Incumbent Worker Training is an employer-sponsored program that provides grant funding to assist eligible Montana small businesses offset the cost of training for their existing (incumbent) workers. Its intent is to create a stronger workforce through developing employees and strengthening small business for Montana residents.

Maximum Award Amount

Up to $2,000 per employee

Cost Matching

20% training fees match; 20% in-state travel match and 50% out-of-state travel match

Eligible Applicants

Qualifying businesses have no more than 50 employees statewide, have operated in Montana for at least one year and are registered with the Secretary of State.  Qualifying permanent employees with an average of 20+hours/week and have completed 6-months of employment.

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[email protected]
406-444-3351

US Army Corps of Engineers

Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Grants

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President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 (H.R. 3080) into law on June 10, 2014.  WRRDA is the primary legislation by which Congress authorizes the Corps of Engineers’ key civil works missions, including navigation, flood risk management and environmental restoration.  The authorities provided in WRRDA help USACE continue to provide value to the nation in developing and maintaining the nation’s waterways and harbors, reducing damages from storm events, and restoring the environment.

WRRDA grants can be used for wastewater treatment and related facilities, water supply and related facilities, environmental restoration and surface water resource protection and development.

Maximum Award Amount

No specific amount per project, but typically no more than $1,500,000. Funding for this program
varies year to year.

Cost Matching

75% federal/25% local cost share.

Eligible Applicants

Public Entities are eligible to apply.

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Economic Development Agency

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program

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EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs. Projects funded by these programs will support work in Opportunity Zones and will support the mission of the Department by, among other things, leading to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advancing innovation, enhancing the manufacturing capacities of regions, providing workforce development opportunities, and growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.

EDA Public Works program investments help facilitate the transition of communities from being distressed to becoming competitive by developing key public infrastructure, such as technology-based facilities that utilize distance learning networks, smart rooms, and smart buildings; multitenant manufacturing and other facilities; business and industrial parks with fiber optic cable; and telecommunications and development facilities. In addition, EDA invests in traditional public works projects, including water and sewer systems improvements, industrial parks, business incubator facilities, expansion of port and harbor facilities, skill-training facilities, and brownfields redevelopment.

Maximum Award Amount

Generally, not to exceed $1,000,000, but may be waived in special circumstances.

Cost Matching

See funding website for details.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants include:

  • County governments
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • State governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

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Kirk Keyser
[email protected]
406-599-9795

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Reclamation and Development Planning Grants

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The Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grants are state-funded grants designed to fund projects that help plan and develop RDGP Project Grants.

Examples of Projects:

  • Planning activities that lead to RDGP project grant application
  • Site assessment and sampling
  • Feasibility or design studies
  • Groundwater Investigation
  • Research or technology demonstration
  • Grant writing for natural resource cleanup grants and RDGP Project Grants

Maximum Award Amount

$50,000

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

Any department, agency, board, commission, or other division of state government, city, county, or other division of local government, or tribal government within the state of Montana may apply.

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Heidi Anderson Folnagy
[email protected]
406-444-6691

Department of Commerce

Big Sky Film Grant

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The Montana Big Sky Film Grant has been created to build partnerships with filmmakers and production companies by providing seed funding to enable the creation of jobs related to filmmaking production and support Montana’s filmmaking community while enhancing the marketing efforts of Montana’s tourism regions, people, history, and overall quality of life.

The Montana Big Sky Film Grant presents the following categories of funding:

  • Feature Film and TV Grant: If a film or television project meets the grant criteria and the in-state spend exceeds $300,000 AND shoots at least 50% of principal photography in Montana, a qualifying scale of funds on any expenditures while filming in the state can be eligible for allocation.
  • Residents filmmaker Grant: The Montana Big Sky Film Grant has been created to build partnerships with filmmakers and production companies by providing seed funding to enable the creation of jobs related to filmmaking production and support Montana’s filmmaking community while enhancing the marketing efforts of Montana’s tourism regions, people, history, and overall quality of life.
  • Development Grant: If either a Montana filmmaker or resident production company creates Montana-centric content that can be screened exclusively on the Montana Office of Tourism, and/or Montana Film Office YouTube Channels or another established, well visited YouTube channels (or other platforms deemed necessary), they can apply for development grant allocations up to $50,000. Prior to applying for a development grant you must submit a content pitch. Click the link below to learn more about applying for development grant funding: Development Grant Pre-Submission Guideline.

Applications for the Big Sky Film Grant are accepted throughout the year. To apply to any of the grant-types above, contact the film office directly.

 

Maximum Award Amount

See funding website for details.

Cost Matching

See funding website for details.

Eligible Applicants

Filmmaker and production companies

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[email protected]
406-841-2876

Department of Labor and Industry

Apprenticeship Incentive Grants

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Montana’s Registered Apprenticeship Program has approximately $151,000 to provide grants up to a maximum of $4,500 per award, to help employers, industry associations, colleges, or other workforce groups to establish new or expanded apprenticeship programs. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the grant dollars have been expended. The following are allowable costs for use of potential grant dollars:

  • Costs related to design and startup of an apprenticeship program
  • Classroom education or online training programs for apprentices
  • Other direct costs related to on the job training (excluding wages)
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructor training
  • Training manuals

Under no circumstances can payments be made directly to the apprentice(s) and funds may NOT be used to reimburse the business for wages paid to the apprentice(s) or equipment purchased for the apprentice.

Maximum Award Amount

$4,500.00

Cost Matching

None

Eligible Applicants

Business, employers, industry associations, colleges, or other workforce groups to establish new or expanded apprenticeship programs.

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Contact

Jay Reardon
[email protected]
406-444-3556

Montana Arts Council

Public Value Partnerships

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Public Value Partnerships (PVP) provide operating support for the artistic and educational mission of Montana arts organizations. The program recognizes strong operations, stable management, ongoing engagement, and high-quality programming for the communities being served.

Public Value Partners expand their work by:
• Building relationships with audiences, funders, community and political leaders.
• Creating greater relevance and connection to what has value and meaning to the community.
• Demonstrating a strong return on investment that brings meaning, adds vitality, and becomes a catalyst for new ways of thinking, seeing and solving problems.

Maximum Award Amount

Grants will range from $2,000 to $10,000 annually.

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

All applicants must be one of the following:

  • Non-profit arts organization with an IRS 501(c)(3) ruling, incorporated in Montana and registered and in good standing with the Montana Secretary of State.
  • Tribal or university arts program with ongoing outreach programs that significantly extend services beyond the campus.

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Kristin Han Burgoyne
[email protected]
406-444-6449

Department of Commerce

Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP)

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The Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) provides professional planning assistance to communities across Montana in support of sound land use and development decisions, economic revitalization, and overall community resilience. Technical assistance is provided through workshops and trainings, direct assistance by phone or email, collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, the creation of model documents, and guidance on planning best practices.

CTAP staff include a land use attorney, professional planners, planning and outreach specialists, and licensed engineers who assist communities in everything from the development of long range plans to interpretation of statute to guidance on grant applications and review of technical documents. This assistance is provided at no cost to communities statewide.

Maximum Award Amount

N/A

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

Local governments and non-profit organizations

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[email protected]
406-841-2770

Department of Commerce

Montana International Trade Programs

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The Montana Department of Commerce’s Office of Trade & International Relations helps Montana companies to compete at home and around the globe with key programs including:

  • State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)grants for funding your international marketing activities
  • Trade Show Assistance Program: grants for exhibiting at domestic trade shows
  • Export Technical Assistance:work with our staff to get the one-on-one exporting assistance you need
  • The Montana Forest Product Marketing & Exhibitor Assistance– Assists Montana forest product businesses to market and promote their products to new and existing domestic and international markets.

 

Maximum Award Amount

See funding website for details

Cost Matching

See funding website for details

Eligible Applicants

Businesses

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Contact

Angelyn DeYoung
[email protected]
(406) 841-2783

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