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We’ve created this resource as a one-stop shop to highlight all the resources available to help businesses and communities in the event of an emergency or aftermath of a disaster.

Business Assistance Programs


Montana Department of Agriculture, Growth Through Agriculture Mini-Grant Program
Mini-grants available to food and ag companies for education, promotion, marketing, and travel proects to expand agricultural development, economic activity, and employment growth. Given the current pulic health situation with COVID-19, special attention will be paid to projects that strengthen and expand local food offerings, distribution, and infrastructure. 
Available to: Individuals, Businesses and Industry Organizations, Public and Private Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Local Governments. 
406.444.0134 | https://agr.mt.gov/GTA

Montana Department of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The SBDC network supports ten centers around the state, focusing on counseling in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, training and workshops and loan packaging assistance to help small businesses achieve their goals.
Available to: Small Businesses
406.841.2746 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/

Montana Department of Commerce, Wood Product Revolving Loan Fund (WP RLF)
Wood Product Revolving Loan Fund (WP RLF) is available to wood product businesses experiencing loss or are financially in distress (these are loan funds)       
Available to: Montana Wood Product Businesses
406.841.2594 | http://marketmt.com/WPRLF

Montana Department of Agriculture, Rural Assistance Loan program
Rural Assistance Loans are available to producers with modest financial investments in agriculture. These loans finance agricultural enterprises to enhance producers' operations and assist in the economic growth and welfare of Montana agriculture.    
Available to: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and residents of Montana. Loans are available to persons who are unable to qualify for financing from commercial lenders.      
406.444.3144 | http://agr.mt.gov/I-Want-To/Apply-For/Grants-Loans/Rural-Assistance-Loans

Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Hay Hotline
The Hay Hotline is offered by the Montana Department of Agriculture as a service to the agricultural industry. Producers may list hay for sale and pasture available.
Available to: Anyone
406.444.3144 | http://agr.mt.gov/Hay-Hotline

Montana Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development
Grants and loans to create or retain jobs for low- to moderate-income owners or individuals. Grants can also assist with community facilities.
Available to: Local Governments (who can assist businesses, non-profit or for-profit organizations)
406.841.2756 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/CDBGED

Montana Department of Commerce, Tourism Emergency Marketing Grants
Provides critical, time sensitive funding for emergency communications and marketing materials for visitors or supporting tourism businesses and communities. See application for examples of eligible expenses.
Available to: Local Governments, Tribes, and Tourism Regions/CVBs
The 2018 grant application cycle has closed.

Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant Program
Help disaster impacted businesses create and retain jobs for the community by stabilizing weakened businesses, encouraging businesses owners to re-open or stay in business. See application for examples of eligible expenses.
Available to: Montana Businesses (registered in the State of Montana)
The 2018 grant application cycle has closed.


Tax Programs

Montana Department of Revenue, State Tax Filing Extension and Waiver of Penalty & Interest
If the natural disaster has prevented you from meeting your filing or paying requirements of a state tax, such as income or other tax or fees, you may be eligible for a tax filing extension or a waiver of penalty and interest.      
Available to: Individuals and Businesses
406.444.6900 | http://revenue.mt.gov/

Montana Department of Revenue, Natural Disaster Property Tax Relief Program
If you sustained a loss of your dwelling, business property, other buildings, or forestland due to a natural disaster you may be eligible for property tax relief.  
Available to: Individuals and Businesses
406.444.6900 | http://revenue.mt.gov/

Community Assistance Programs


Montana Department of Transportation, Transit
MDT administers federal and state capital and operating grants to help qualified organizations provide transportation to the rural general public, including seniors and individuals living with a disability.
Available to: Public transportation providers
406.444.9192| https://www.mdt.mt.gov/business/grants_transit.shtml

Montana Department of Transportation, Emergency Medical Services Grant Program
MDT awards grants to emergency medical service providers for purchasing or leasing of ambulances; emergency response vehicles; or equipment for training, communication or for providing medical care to a patient.
Available to: Emergency medical providers
406.444.0856 | https://www.mdt.mt.gov/business/grants_ems.shtm

Montana Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant Program & Treasure State Endowment Program
Grants to address urgent public health and safety infrastructure needs through construction projects or emergency repairs.
Available to: Local Governments, Tribes, and districts
406.841.2865 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/TSEP or http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/PCF

Montana Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant - Planning Grants
Grants to assist with various community and business planning needs.
Available to: Local Governments (who can assist businesses, non-profit or for-profit organizations)
406.841.2819 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/PlanningActivities/

Montana Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant - Housing Grants; HOME Investement Partnership Program; Housing Trust Fund
Grants to assist with various housing development needs including: Homeownership downpayment and closing cost assistance, rehablitiation of single family housing units, and rehabilitation or new construction of multifamily rental housing units.
Available to: Local Governments (who can assist non-profit or for-profit organizations)
406.841.2890 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/Housing or http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/HOME or http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/HTF

Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Main Street Program
Grants to revitalize downtowns through historic preservation, economic development, and community planning.
Available to: Montana Main Street Program Local Governments
406.841.2756 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/MainStreet

Montana Department of Natural Resources, RRG Watershed Management Grants
Grants for watershed related planning and management activities that conserve, develop, manage or preserve Montana’s renewable resources and support a water management plan.
Available to: Local Governments, districts (who can assist private persons, non-profit or for-profit organizations), tribes
406.444.9766 | http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/resource-development

Montana Department of Commerce, Community Technical Assistance Program
Technical assistance to related to short term and long term land use and planning assistance.  
Available to: Local Governments, Tribes, non-profit, for-profit, community organizations and the public
406.841.2819 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CTAP

Montana Department of Natural Resources, RRG Private Grants
Grants for renewable resource benefit through restoration or recovery. 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.
Available to: Private Persons, non-profit or for-profit organizations
406.444.0552 | http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/resource-development

Montana Department of Natural Resources, RRG Emergency Grants
Grants to local governments to restore renewable resource related infrastructure (water systems, wastewater systems, irrigation systems, etc.)
Available to: Local Governments, Tribes, and districts
406.444.6686 | http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/resource-development

Montana Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Contingency - Fire Recovery
Grants to local government to coordinate fire recovery efforts in their community. These may include natural resource and essential infrastructure (fencing, transmission lines), fire line habilitation, reseeding or weed control, fuel costs to transport livestock to unaffected range or to get feed to livestock.
Available to: Local Governments, districts (who can assist private persons, non-profit or for-profit organizations), tribes
406.444.9708 | http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd

Housing Assistance Programs


U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Rental Housing Programs
The USDA RD maintains a searchable database of RD-subsidized apartment projects across the state. Many of these units include rental subsidies. This database does not indicate if a project has vacancies but is valuable resource.
Available to: Everyone meeting program requirements
855-576-2674 | https://rdmfhrentals.sc.egov.usda.gov/RDMFHRentals/select_state.jsp?home=NO
Montana Housing Search: http://mthousingsearch.com/

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Affordable Apartment Search
HUD maintains a searchable database of HUD-subsidized apartment projects across the state. Many of these units include rental subsidies. This database does not indicate if a project has vacancies but is valuable resource.
Available to: Everyone meeting program requirements
https://apps.hud.gov/apps/section8/step2.cfm?state=MT%2CMontana  
Montana Housing Search: http://mthousingsearch.com/

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Approved Housing Counseling Agencies
Housing counseling is a service offered to homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and those who are impacted by disasters. For reliable results, it is critical to use a HUD-approved agency that will help to guide you through the resources you may be able to access.
Available to: Everyone
800-569-4287 | https://apps.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?&webListAction=search&searchstate=MT
Other: https://www.nwmt.org/project-type/homebuyer-education-counseling/ 

Montana Department of Commerce, Housing Credit Program
The Montana Housing (Tax) Credit Program finances the development of affordable rental units across the state. These units can be rented to households that meet income qualifications. If a family is displaced by a disaster, it may qualify for one of these units, if available. If a disaster is declared federally, there are often exceptions to certain rules for housing programs. These exceptions will be noted, if available.
Available to: Everyone meeting program requirements
406-841-2840 | http://housing.mt.gov/MFDevelopment
Montana Housing Search: http://mthousingsearch.com/

Montana Department of Commerce, Project-Based Section 8 Programs
The Montana Housing Project-Based Section 8 Programs are rental projects across the state that were developed under HUD program specifications. These units can be rented to households with qualifying income. An added benefit to these properties is that a rental subsidy is attached to each unit. This gives renters security, knowing they only need to pay 30% of their income toward rent. If a family is displaced by a disaster, it may qualify for one of these units, if available. If a disaster is declared federally, there are often exceptions to certain rules for housing programs. These exceptions will be noted, if available.
Available to: Everyone meeting program requirements
406-841-2840 | http://housing.mt.gov/PBS8Properties  
Montana Housing Search: http://mthousingsearch.com/


DIRECTOR'S OFFICE | MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
301 S. PARK AVE. | PO BOX 200501 | HELENA, MT 59620-0501 | P: 406.841.2700 | F: 406.841.2701 | TDD: 406.841.2702
 

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