11 Communities Receive Planning Grants from Montana Department of Commerce

Anaconda Montana HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce announced today that 11 Montana towns, cities and counties will share more than $269,000 of grant funding to help plan significant community development projects. The funding is through Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Planning Grant Program.

“Through our CDBG programs, we help empower local governments and communities across Montana by building the capacity, resiliency and resource base necessary to develop and strengthen towns, cities and counties. Additionally, CDBG programs fund projects that provide services to our most vulnerable neighbors while creating and retaining local jobs,” said Paul Green, director of the Montana Department of Commerce.

The CDBG Planning Grant Program is designed to help eligible counties, cities and towns prepare plans, studies, training or research for vital community development projects, like growth policies, capital improvement plans, subdivision and zoning regulations, downtown plans, housing plans, and preliminary architectural and engineering reports.

The following communities and districts will receive CDBG Planning Grants:

In 2022, the Town of Fairfield received $22,500 of CDBG Planning Grant Funding to complete a capital improvements plan.

“The Town of Fairfield extends its gratitude to the Montana Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant Program for its invaluable support. The comprehensive capital improvement plan developed through this grant equipped our town council with essential insights into impending projects, projected costs and realistic implementation timelines,” said Loren Tacke, mayor of Fairfield. “This document stands as a testament of the Town’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of the community and will be its road map for the future.”

Eligible applicants for CDBG Planning Grants include Montana counties, cities and towns. Local governments may apply on behalf of special purpose districts, unincorporated areas or on behalf of non-profit organizations, such as local domestic violence shelters, food banks, hospitals, nursing homes or similar non-profit agencies. Counties may also apply on behalf of tribal utility authorities.

For more information, visit comdev.mt.gov.

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