Commerce Awards More Than $3 Million of Community Development Grant Funding to Five Montana Communities

Big Horn Co Ambulance South Elevation HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce announced today that $3.8 million of grant funding has been awarded to six projects across five Montana communities to help fund new construction or rehabilitation of vital infrastructure and public facilities projects. The funding is through Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant Public and Community Facilities program (CDBG).

“It is crucial for Montana’s communities to have infrastructure and public facilities that will enable our towns, cities and counties to grow and thrive. That is why Commerce provides communities statewide with grants that can help fund projects that will strengthen communities though resiliency,” said Galen Steffens, Community MT Division Administrator at the Montana Department of Commerce. “This round of CDBG grant funding will support improvements to the water and wastewater systems for the Hysham, Kalispell, Craig, Livingston and Saco communities.”

CDBG Public and Community Facilities grant funding is used to fund the construction or rehabilitation of community infrastructure projects or improvements to a community’s water, wastewater, stormwater or sewer systems. Additionally, the funding may be used for new construction or rehabilitation community facilities such as domestic violence shelters, youth homes, food banks, head start centers, nursing homes, mental health centers and senior centers.

CDBG Public and Community Facilities funding is awarded to the following Montana communities and projects:

In 2020, Big Horn County received $450,000 of CDBG Community and Public Facilities funding toward the Big Horn County Ambulance Service facility, which provides adequate living space, offices, public access and indoor ambulance bays that accommodate the vehicles needed to serve the emergency service needs of Big Horn County residents.

“CDBG funding helped Big Horn County construct a new ambulance facility for use by their county owned and operated ambulance service that provides medical transportation and emergency medical services for the entire County,” said Robie Culver, Grant Specialist at Stahly Engineering & Associates, Inc. “The new facility operates out of a new, more accessible and safe location and includes adequate living and office space for emergency staff that is on call 24 hours a day. New ambulance bays provide improved shelter and storage for vehicles and equipment. The project improves the service and response time of responders, which is of great benefit to the communities and rural residents of Big Horn County.”

CDBG Public and Community Facilities grants are available to eligible counties, incorporated cities and towns, and consolidated city-county governments except Billings, Great Falls and Missoula. A local government may apply for a CDBG grant on behalf of an organization that is ineligible to apply, such as a water or sewer district or nonprofit organizations.

For more information about Commerce’s CDBG Public and Community Facilities grant program, visit

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