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Grants to Montana Local and Tribal Agencies for Projects to Protect Natural Resources


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USA: Montana

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Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grant

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #165238

Grant Description

Grants of up to $50,000 to Montana local and tribal agencies for projects to protect natural resources throughout the state. Funding is intended for a wide range of activities to develop and implement projects to assess, repair, and mitigate damage to state resources, including mineral development reclamation projects and projects to address crucial state needs.

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 are:

  • 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

Proposed planning grants 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, or (8) other related actions that lead to cleanup of contamination, mitigation of damage, or protection of Montana’s environment.

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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.

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 including salaries/wages, travel, conferences and other expenses not directly related to the project
- Costs incurred outside of the contract term
- Routine maintenance and operation, as well as tasks that are programmatic in nature
- Administrative costs greater than 5% of the total project cost
- Food and beverages for meetings
- Indirect Costs (example: facilities and administration)

Pre-Application Information:

Application cycle will remain open until Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5 p.m. Applications can be submitted during this time. Reviews and awards will be made the second week of each month (June, July, August, September, and October).

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

Matching funds are not required, but applications will be evaluated on the amount of match funding. Match funds may be in-kind contributions.

Resources and Training:

Additional Funding Information:

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.

Contact Information:

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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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