The Reclamation and Developments Grant Program is transitioning to the State of Montana grant application and tracking database called WebGrants at www.fundingmt.org. The attachments provide instructions on how to register for an account and for how to complete an online grant application. Please call Stephanie Hester at 406-444-6691 or Alicia Stickney at 406-444-0547 for questions or technical support.
WHO: Tribes, cities, counties, conservation districts, and other local government entities
WHAT: Planning for natural resource projects that provide natural resource benefits in one of two categories:
· mineral development impacts or
· crucial state need.
Mineral development impact projects must:
- Reclaim land, water or other resources adversely affected by mineral development, or
- Mitigate damage to public resources caused by mineral development, or
- Research, demonstrate, or provide technical assistance to promote the wise use of Montana minerals, or
- Investigate and remediate sites where hazardous wastes or regulated substances threaten public health or the environment, or
- Research to assess existing or potential environmental damage resulting from mineral development.
Crucial state need projects must prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources or capture extraordinary public benefit that would otherwise be lost. Public benefit from implementation of this type project must directly relate to natural resources.
Project activities may include, but are not limited to: (1) problem analysis, (2) feasibility or design studies, (3) environmental monitoring, (4) remedial action plans, (5) technology demonstration, (6) research, (7) construction, or (8) other related actions that lead to a full-scale project.
Funding limit: Up to $50,000 per planning project, depending on intended planning activities.
Eligible projects that do not receive funding this cycle can resubmit in summer 2015, pending Legislative approval of additional planning funding.
For more information, visit the website at http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/resource-development/reclamation-and-development-grants-program.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies (HUD, EPA, DOT) incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals.
An informative webinar can be viewed by clicking here.
Northcentral Montana’s regional economy, frontier history, rural environments, and small towns are part of our shared identity. In 2012 and 2013, residents told us that they prefer sustainable development to either a “boom & bust” scenario or continued loss of rural population. Their input guided our planning process, which included governments, organizations, and residents of 11 counties and three reservations. Working together, Vibrant Futures Consortium partners identified common goals and developed best strategies that reflect the needs and desires of communities.
We found that every town has its own economic strategies, and every community contributes to the regional economy. Diverse communities rely on one another for services and consumers. They strive to maintain essential services such as grocery stores and gas stations, to revitalize downtown areas, to attract more businesses, and to improve transportation, infrastructure and housing.
You can download the full Regional Plan, the Regional Plan Summary, the Growth Policy Review and the Report Card which can be used in the planning process for any area.
The Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec) is seeking proposals from local governments, water districts, Indian tribes, and states for its WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants. BuRec’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program provides funding to communities in the Western United States to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, and carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water.
Click here to learn more.
- Assessment grants (up to $200,000) provide funding to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement activities related to brownfield sites;
- Cleanup grants (up to $200,000) provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites;
- Revolving Loan Fund grants (up to $1 million) provide funding to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to make loans and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities; and
- Area-Wide Planning grants (up to $200,000) provide funding to conduct reuse planning, market studies, infrastructure upgrade planning, funding assessments, and other planning efforts.
Click here for the direct link to EPA’s website.