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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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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Contact

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.

More Information

Contact

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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Contact

[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.

More Information

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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Contact

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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Contact

[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

Department of Commerce

Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program

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The Montana Historic Preservation Grant (MHPG) Program is a state-funded program created in 2019 as a result of Senate Bill 338, Sections 1 through 17. The MHPG Program is designed to support public or private entities with the preservation of historic sites, historical societies, or history museums through grant funding.

Eligible applicants can apply to complete projects or activities for the preservation of historic sites, historical societies, or history museums. Preservation activities include:

    • Internal or external “brick-and-mortar” improvements that will address infrastructure, building renovation, maintenance, or building code issues
    • Improvements that will enhance security, climate control, or fire protection; and
    • Projects with a total cost over $50,000 may use up to 10% of grant funding for planning and/or grant administration costs that are directly related to the preservation activities A. and B.

Historic sites will be considered eligible if one of the below criteria is met:

    • Structure or site is listed on National, State, or Local Historic Registry
    • Structure or site contributes to a historic district
    • A structure more than 50 years old and has documented significance to the history of a Montana community or region

Maximum Award Amount

$500,000

Cost Matching

Match is encouraged and may increase the competitiveness of an application, but is not required unless the applicant is a for-profit entity.

Eligible Applicants

Individual

  • Individuals applying through a fiscal agent
  • Individuals applying in coordination with a local government

Association

  • For-profit or not for profit organizations and businesses

Governing Unit

  • Incorporated city or town
  • County
  • Consolidated government
  • Tribal government

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Contact

[email protected]
406-841-2770

Department of Commerce

Coal Trust Multifamily Homes Program

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The Multifamily Coal Trust Homes Program makes available $15 million of Coal Tax Trust Fund dollars to develop affordable rental homes by providing developers with low-interest rate loans. The program is a result of House Bill 16 that was passed during the 2019 legislative session. Multifamily Coal Trust loans can be used for projects such as new construction, acquisition and/or rehabilitation of existing multifamily rental homes, acquisition of land for multifamily rental homes and land trusts for rental and mobile or manufactured homes.

Maximum Award Amount

See funding website for loan terms.

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include non-profit, for-profit or government entities.

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Contact

406-841-2840

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