Grants and Loans
DNRC administers a wide range of grants and loans for Montana, assisting cities and towns, conservation districts, private landowners, and other groups in managing natural resource issues at the local level. Please visit the categories below to find which grants and loans are available. Selecting any header will provide you with a more detailed description of each grand and loan.
Conservation District Grants
- District Development Grant
- Conservation District Administrative Grants
- Conservation District “HB223” Grants
- Education Mini-Grants
This program will provide funds to increase conservation district employee’s hours to assist in planning, securing funding, and implementing programs that improve public outreach, improve conservation district administrative capabilities, and implement conservation plans.
October 25, 2017
January 16, 2018
Any project sponsored by a Montana conservation district under its authority.
October 18, 2017
January 16, 2018
Student and Adult Education projects that focus on water, weeds, or other natural resources.
October 25, 2017
January 16, 2018
- Volunteer Fire Assistance Program
Forest Product and Biomass Grants
- Biomass Energy Pre-Feasibility Assessment Grants
- 2017 Mass Timber Conference Travel Stipend
- Increase irrigation efficiencies through water conservation
- Expand or sustain irrigated acreage
- Increase production of high-value crops
- Improve management of irrigation systems
- Improve interbasin cooperation among all water users
- Private for profit
- Private nonprofit
- Governmental entities
- Tribal entities
Private Forestry Assistance
- Western States Windland Urban Interface
- Hazardous Fuel Reduction Grant
- Landscape Scale Resoration (LaSR) Grant
conserve and manage working forests, protect forests from threats, and enhance public benefits from private forests.
Range Improvement and Water Development Loans
- Range Improvement Loans
- Private Water Development Loans
Fencing, seeding, stockwater development, and other range improvement practices.
Private water development projects.
Reclamation and Development Grants
- Reclamation and Development Grants Program
- Reclamation and Development Project Planning Grants
- Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grants
Funds project that repair, reclaim, and mitigate environmental damage to public resources from nonrenewable resource extraction. Also, funds projects that protect Montana’s environment and ensure the quality of public resources for the benefit of all Montanans.
May 15 on even years, next deadline May 15, 2018
Plan for projects that are eligible for the project grants through the Reclamation and Development Grant Program.
Open cycle until January 26, 2018 at 5 pm. Applications meeting qualifications and eligibility will be funded immediately.
Next deadline: Regular cycle ending April 13, 2018 at 5 pm.
Grants for the prevention, control, and management of aquatic invasive species.
Applications due June 1, 2017 by 5 pm.
(Additional cycles will be announced until funds are expended.)
Renewable Resource Grants and Loans
- Renewable Resource Grants and Loans
- Renewable Resource Project Planning Grants
- Emergency Grants and Loans
- Renewable Resource Loans to Private Entities
- Renewable Resource Grants to Private Entities
- Watershed Management Grants
Projects that conserve, manage, develop or protect Montana’s renewable resources are eligible for funding. Numerous public facility projects including drinking water, wastewater and solid waste development and improvement projects have received funding through this program. Other renewable resource projects that have been funded include irrigation rehabilitation, dam repair, soil and water conservation and forest enhancement.
Applications submitted online www.fundingmt.org by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline.
The purpose of the RRGL Planning Grant Program is to provide funding to governmental entities for professional and technical services necessary to produce a high-quality RRGL grant application leading to a project that conserves, manages, develops, or protects Montana’s renewable resources.
Applicants must be a governmental entity including, but not limited to, municipalities; sewer and water districts; counties; irrigation districts; conservation districts; and tribal governments.
Up to $15,000 depending on project classification.
Applications open 12/15/17 and are submitted online www.fundingmt.org
by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline.
DNRC has been granted authority to approve both grants and loans for emergency projects that, if delayed until legislative approval can be obtained, will cause substantial damages or legal liability to the entity seeking assistance. Typical types of projects have included dike failures, emergency dam repairs, and emergency repairs to municipal drinking water and wastewater system.
Funds must be used for private water development projects. Examples of eligible projects include converting from flood to sprinkler irrigation, rehabilitating irrigation systems, building or repairing irrigation dams, lining and consolidating ditches, automating irrigation systems, and developing rural water supplies.
Individuals, partnerships, associations and corporations are eligible for Renewable Resource Private Loans.
Most of the funds are targeted to assist small, privately owned water systems.
Funds will be used for watershed related planning and management activities which conserve, manage, develop or protect the state renewable resources and/or support the implementation and development of the state water plan.
Local government, state government, and tribal government entities.
Non-profit entities may apply with local government sponsorship OR as a private entity with a match requirement.
The next WMG cycle will be announced in late 2017.
State Revolving Fund Loans
The Montana Legislature established two State Revolving Fund (SFR) Loan Programs – one for water pollution control projects (wastewater and non-point source projects) and the other for drinking water projects. Both programs provide at or below market interest rate loans to eligible Montana entities. These programs are funded with capitalization grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are matched by 20% with State issued general obligation bonds. Combined, these two sources of funds create the “state revolving fund” from which loans are made and borrower repayments revolve to provide loans for future infrastructure projects.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the administering agency and assures that the technical and programmatic requirements of the program are met. The DNRC issues the State’s general obligation bonds and makes loans to the project borrowers. Cooperatively, DEQ and DNRC administer the State Revolving Fund Loan Programs.
Urban Community Forestry Grants
- Arbor Day
- Montana School ReLeaf Project
- Montana Tree City of the Year
- Program Development
“Tree City USA” – $750 Grant
January 15, 2017
September 15, 2017
November 10, 2017
Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Action Coordinating Team
In 1982, a group of professionals from state, federal, and non-profit organizations that finance, regulate, or provide technical assistance for community water and Pablo Wastewater Treatment Pondswastewater systems, decided to start meeting in order to coordinate and enhance their efforts. This group calls itself the “Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Action Coordinating Team” or W2ASACT for short. W2ASACT meets several times a year to find ways to improve our state’s environmental infrastructure.
All of the programs represented in W2ASACT have different missions and meet unique needs. However, it has been the common elements shared by the funding programs that have been the driving force of W2ASACT. These programs provide money (grants or loans), take applications from communities to fund their projects, and administer those monies once the project is funded. While W2ASACT cannot change all of the state or federal requirements, it can identify unnecessary duplication of requirements that make compliance difficult for communities.