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  • Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP)

TIIP funds are to be used for “brick and mortar” projects. They cannot be used for marketing or ongoing operating expenses. Types of usage that would be allowed include, but are not limited to, project construction costs associated with building new and/or remodeling or preserving existing tourism and recreation attractions, historical sites and artifacts; costs associated with purchasing new and/or existing tourism and recreation attractions, historical sites and artifacts; and equipment purchased for specific tourism project operation.

The grants can range from the minimum of $20,000 to the maximum amount available for the TIIP grants in any given year. The required match is 2:1. For every two dollars of grant money being requested, the sponsor must provide one dollar. The match must be in “hard” dollars. In-kind services will not be considered as part of the required match amount. Contact Travel Montana’s Tourism Development & Education Program, 406-841-2795, FAX 406-841-2871, vbjornberg@mt.gov. Current, updated applications are available by March of each year. TIIP applications, guidelines, funding history and other program information is available electronically at http://travelmontana.mt.gov/forms/

  • Community Development Block Grant

In Public Facilities projects, CDBG funds are most often used in combination with other federal, state, or local funds to make basic community infrastructure improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, affordable to low and moderate income families. Public facility projects can also include facilities designed for use predominantly by persons of low and moderate income such as nursing homes, senior centers, Head Start centers, or mental health centers. In the past the State has funded a Boys and Girls Club and Community Recreation Center in other parts of the State. Maximum grants are $450,000. Grant applications are due in the spring. A 100% match is required. The match can be a combination of cash and land.

Planning Grants are available to local governments up to a maximum of $20,000.

  • Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Wetland conservation priorities are funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant program administered by the DEQ Wetland Coordinator. Currently, there are 20 active grant projects involving state and local governments. www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/Wetlands/Index.asp

  • Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund

Category II - Planning Grants: 25% of BSTF earnings are awarded to Certified Regional Development Corporations and other qualified economic development organizations in Counties not covered by a CRDC in the form of grants for planning activities. Eligible planning activities include feasibility studies, business plans, workforce surveys, target industry analyses, preliminary architectural reports and preliminary engineering reports. Applications will be accepted throughout the year on a calendar quarter basis with application deadlines of March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and December 31st. http://www.businessresources.mt.gov/BRD_Trustfund.asp

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