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Quality Schools Emergency Grants

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The Department has $100,000 available for the 2015 Biennium to be used for emergency grants to public school districts. Emergency is statutorily defined as the imminent threat or actual occurrence of an event causing immediate peril to life, property, or the environment that can be averted or minimized with timely action. These grants are awarded directly through the Department. The Department will report to the Governor and Legislature regarding each Emergency Grant awarded during the previous biennium.

The 2015 Biennium Quality Schools Emergency Grant Guidelines & Administration Manual is now available for review by following the link below:

2015 Biennium Guidelines & Administration Manual for Quality Schools Emergency Grants (PDF)

The Department of Commerce held a public hearing on May 29th, 2013 at 1:00pm in Room 504A of the Park Avenue Building at 301 South Park Avenue in Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed adoption of the Quality Schools Emergency Grant Guidelines and Administration Manual for the 2015 Biennium.  Interested parties were invited to comment on the proposed Guidelines and Administration Manual by submitting their data, views or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing or throughout the comment period ending at 5:00pm on June 6th, 2013.  No comments were received.

Application Process

  • Emergency grant funds will be available after July 1st, 2013
  • The use of Quality Schools Emergency grant funds, and the expenses that will be eligible for reimbursement, will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • For more information about emergency grants, please contact Richard Knatterud, Division Engineer at 841-2784 (