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Renewable Resource Grants and Loans

Grants and Loans to Montana Agencies, Tribes,
Districts, and IHEs for Renewable Resources Conservation

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Resource Development Bureau

Deadline Date:

05/15/18 5:00 PM electronic submission; additional materials must be postmarked by close of business


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Grants and loans to Montana government agencies, tribes, special districts, school districts, and IHEs for the conservation, management, protection, and development of the state’s renewable resources. Funding may be requested for public facilities and other projects that enhance natural resources in Montana.

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.

Project types eligible for funding are specified in 85-1-602, Montana Code Annotated (MCA).

Either grants or loans may be provided to fund the following types of projects:
(a) Feasibility, design, research, and resource assessment studies;
(b) Preparation of construction, rehabilitation, or production plans; and
(c) Construction, rehabilitation, production, education, or other implementation efforts.

Projects must enhance the common well-being of Montanans through the conservation, management, development, or preservation of a targeted renewable resource. Renewable resource projects, including water conservation, water for public, agricultural use or other beneficial uses, water quality, forestry, air quality, resource education, waste management, and other renewable resource-related projects are eligible to receive grant and loan funding.


Local governments enter into debt by issuing bonds. Drinking water and wastewater projects are encouraged to apply to the State’s Revolving Fund (SRF) loan programs. These SRF loan programs are specifically designed to provide below-market interest rates for these types of systems.

However, some renewable resource projects are not eligible for funding under the SRF programs. An example would be rehabilitation of an irrigation diversion dam. For these projects, the Renewable Resource Loan Program provides an excellent source of loan funds. If the applicant can demonstrate a high cost of water or other financial hardship, DNRC may recommend a below-market rate loan.

The identified cost and financial hardship will be compared to other projects that have been funded by the RRGL program as well as those partially funded by other agencies. The amount of the subsidy depends on the specific RRGL need demonstrated by the borrower.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169500

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are limited to $125,000 per project.

DNRC does not have a standard limit on the recommended loan amount. The limit is based on the applicant’s ability to repay the loan.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include any division of state government, tribal government, or other county, city, or local political subdivision. These governmental entities have included cities, towns, counties, county conservation districts, water and sewer districts, school districts, irrigation districts, joint boards of control, state agencies, and universities.

Pre-Application Information:

Application forms must be submitted online by 5:00 PM on May 15, 2018. Additional documents must be postmarked to the DNRC office no later than close of business day May 15, 2018.

The mailed portion of the application must include a $250 application fee.

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

Applications are submitted online here:

Mailed materials may be sent to:

Montana DNRC-Resource Development Bureau
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601

(406) 444-6668

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