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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Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program

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The Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program (SMTP) is a new state program that provides funding for the development, renovation, and maintenance of motorized trails on public lands in Montana (23-2-113, MCA).

Maximum Award Amount

$100,000. Reimbursement program.

Cost Matching

10% of project cost

Eligible Applicants

Motorized Associations and Clubs

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Contact

Seth McArthur
[email protected]
(406) 444-3753

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

MT Trail Stewardship Grant

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The Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program (MTSGP) is a new state program that provides funding for the development, renovation, and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trailside facilities throughout Montana and in its communities (23-2-108 and 23-2-109, MCA).

Maximum Award Amount

$50,000. Reimbursement program.

Cost Matching

10% of total project cost

Eligible Applicants

Federal, tribal, state, county, or municipal agencies (including school districts), and recreational associations and clubs.

More Information

Contact

Michelle McNamee
[email protected]
(406) 444-7642

COVID-19 Relief Funding

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Montanans out of work, families with limited resources, small businesses, non-profits and others can apply for financial relief for things like rental and mortgage assistance, business and non-profit grants, grants to serve seniors and those living with a disability, food banks and local food producers.

This financial assistance is funded through $1.25 billion in federal emergency relief funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. All funding must be allocated by December 30, 2020.

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


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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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Contact

[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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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.

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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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Contact

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

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