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 Regional Innovation Acceleration Network website provides resources for existing VDOs, or Venture Development Organizations. A VDO is a business-driven, public or nonprofit organization that promotes regional growth by providing a flexible portfolio of services, including: assisting in the creation of high-growth companies; providing expert business assistance to those companies; facilitating or making direct financial investments; and, speeding the commercialization of technology. RIAN supports the community of existing and emerging VDOs around the country by providing the means for peer-to-peer sharing of information and best/common practices and helping to identify funding opportunities for VDOs as well as provide tools to help regions approach the creation of their own VDO.
The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) is committed to the well-being of the people in our region. They support efforts across an eight-state region, which includes Montana, to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. They focus on the work of proven or promising organizations — those that have demonstrated success and those that are on the cutting edge and poised to do innovative work in poverty reduction. The foundation regularly disperses grants to organizations within their region. To find out more, follow the link.
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.
The Montana Grain Growers Association works to provide MT farmers and ranchers with market and industry statistics, national and state growers’ information, and tools for business research and development. Online, they provide a Market Manager tool to assess various factors in the crop and cattle industries for forecasting industry outcomes. They also provide tools and information on the new farm bill policies and programs, upcoming events, and network contacts.