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Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grants

Grants to Montana Agencies to Plan Projects for Environmental
Remediation and Natural Resource Protection

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

Deadline Date:

02/28/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Montana local and tribal agencies for the planning of environmental remediation projects throughout the State. Funding is intended to support the development and preparation of projects that repair and reduce the negative impact of mineral development on public resources, or that otherwise eliminate and prevent contamination, pollution, and environmental hazards.

Crucial state need projects must serve the public interest and the total environment of the citizens of Montana. The Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grants fund projects that help plan and develop RDGP Project Grants. The purpose of the RDGP planning grant program is to assist local governments with the planning and preparation of an RDGP project grant.

The purpose of the RDGP is to:

(a) Repair, reclaim, and mitigate environmental damage to public resources from nonrenewable resource extraction; and,
(b) Develop and ensure the quality of public resources for the benefit of all Montanans.

Proposed projects must plan for projects that will provide benefits in one of two categories:

1. Mineral development reclamation 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.

2. Crucial state need: Projects that meet a crucial state need must prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources or capture extraordinary public benefit that would otherwise be lost. They must have a regional or statewide importance. Public benefit from implementation of this type of project must directly relate to natural resources.

Planning grant activities may include, but are not limited to:

(1) Problem analysis
(2) Feasibility or design studies
(3) Environmental monitoring
(4) Remedial action plans or implementation
(5) Technology demonstration
(6) Research
(7) Site assessment
(8) Other related actions that lead to cleanup of contamination, mitigation of damage, or protection of Montana’s environment

Some Examples of Projects Include:

- Planning activities that lead to RDGP project grant application
- Groundwater Investigation
- Grant writing for natural resource cleanup grants and RDGP Project Grants

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165238

Estimated Size of Grant:

DNRC will award grants up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Expenses incurred before the grant agreement is effective will not be reimbursed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Reclamation and Development Grants Program planning grants are available to city, county, or other local political subdivisions or Tribal governments within the state.

State and federal agencies, private corporations, non-profits and individuals are ineligible to receive RDGP planning grant funding.

The following tasks are ineligible for planning grant funds:

- Activities outside of the scope of work
- Costs incurred outside of the contract term
- Routine maintenance and operation
- Salaries/wages, travel, and other expenses not directly related to the project
- Expenses related to presenting the project at workshops, conferences, or other public
venues, unless specifically included in the scope of work
- Administrative costs greater than 3% of the total project cost
- Equipment unless specifically included in the scope of work
- Food and beverages for meetings
- Indirect Costs (example: facilities and administration)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Webinar on the Reclamation and Development Grants program can be found at:

Additional Webinars on grantwriting, budget preparation, and the online application process are offered. For more information, see Resources and Training in Pre-Application Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by February 28, 2019 by 5 pm. Applications are to be submitted online.

For all proposed projects regulated, or likely to be regulated, in some capacity by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), planning grant applicants must submit with the application a letter from an authorized DEQ official confirming support for the project.

Webinars on the RDG program and on grantwriting are available for interested applicants.

Applicants must demonstrate that funding is not available through other reasonable sources.

An applicant may submit planning grant applications for more than one project.

Matching funds are required, but a specific amount is not prescribed. Match funds may be in-kind contributions.

DNRC will reimburse up to 90 percent of the contracted amount upon receipt and approval of requests for payment, supporting documentation, and accompanying progress reports.

For further information about the RDGP:

About the RDGP Planning Grant Program:

Resources and Training:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For questions or assistance, contact:

Heidi Anderson Folnagy, RDG Program Manager
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
(406) 444-6691

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