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Growth Through Agriculture Grants Due November 1st


Southeastern Montana Development Corporation wants to inform people of the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) funding cycle. The GTA program works to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry by offering grants and loans to qualified agri-businesses for new agricultural products and processes.

Applicants are encouraged to contact SEMDC for assistance with their GTA application, financial projections, business and marketing plans. Projects may potentially be funded in a single application for a maximum total amount of $150,000 in the form of grant funding up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000. Examples of project activities involve equipment purchases, advertising and promotion, and consultant services such as engineering costs. A dollar-for-dollar match is required for all proposals.

The Council may make a grant or loan if it determines that the project is consistent with the goals of the Growth Through Agriculture Act and:
1) primarily adds value to Montana’s agricultural products,
2) has the prospect for commercial success given current personnel, experience and resources of the applicant,
3) has the prospect to create and/or retain jobs in Montana,
4) primarily processes or adds value to Montana’s agricultural products currently produced or potentially produced in the state, and
5) has the management structure to allow the Agriculture Development Council to reasonably conclude that the applicant will comply with ongoing reporting and monitoring activities.

For more information about this funding opportunity go to or contact Julie Emmons at 406-853-6900.

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Governor Bullock Announces Funding to Grow Businesses, Create 310 New Jobs across Montana


Helena, MT – Governor Steve Bullock today announced $266,800 in grants to help businesses in six Montana communities, supporting the creation of 310 new jobs for hard-working Montanans and help Main Street Montana businesses plan for future growth.

“Montana’s economy is poised for growth and we are seeing great opportunities for businesses to grow and expand all across the state,” said Governor Bullock. “Continued investment in our state’s economy helps businesses in communities all across Montana create more jobs, train new employees, and create economic prosperity under the Big Sky.”

The funds are being awarded through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) program.

Full List of Grant Recipients:

Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) – Job Creation and Planning Grants

The BSTF program provides state funds to promote long-term stable economic growth in Montana. More information can be found at

· The City of Great Falls received $120,000 of BSTF Job Creation funds to assist First Call Resolution, LLC to expand to Montana and create 300 new jobs in Cascade County. The BSTF funds will be used for reimbursement of equipment, construction materials and furniture. First Call Resolution, LLC, which will be located in Great Falls, is a provider of outsourced live agent contact center and businesses process solutions to various sectors of the new economy, including high tech, startup, mobile commerce, wireless, telecom, finance and insurance.

· Lincoln County Port Authority received $75,000 of BSTF Job Creation funds to assist Invizon, LLC to expand to Montana and create 10 new jobs in Lincoln County. The BSTF funds will be used for reimbursement of equipment, software/broadband, lease rate reduction and wages. Invizon, LLC, which will be located in Libby, is a full-service professional provider of software development services and cost-effective web-based solutions.

· Southeastern Montana Development Corporation received $4,300 of BSTF Planning funds to assist Fox Lumber Sales, Inc. with an equipment assessment of two drying kilns. The determination will be made as to whether the kilns, currently owned by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, are repairable. The kilns will allow the company to expand its market, thus creating additional jobs. Fox Lumber Sales, Inc., which has an office in Ashland, manufactures and sells lumber products.

· BitterRoot Economic Development District, Inc. received $27,000 of BSTF Planning funds to assist Tru-Home Montana, LLC with the creation of a strategic business development plan. Tru-Home Montana, LLC, which is proposing to be located in Bonner, is a business start-up that will construct pre-built housing using sustainable methods and locally sourced materials.

· Montana Business Assistance Connection received $27,000 of BSTF Planning funds to assist Townsend Health Systems, dba Broadwater Health Center, with a campus master plan. Broadwater Health Center, which is located in Townsend, is a nonprofit, rural hospital that provides full services, including a wellness clinic and assisted living center.

· Snowy Mountain Development Corporation received $13,500 of BSTF Planning Funds to assist Friends of the Historic Adams Hotel with an architectural report to determine the current conditions of the building and if restoration is feasible. The Adams Hotel, which is located in Lavina, was built in 1908 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

More funding opportunities are still available. The deadline for submitting an application for consideration at the next Grant/Loan Review Committee meeting is Dec. 28. For more information, contact Section Manager Annmarie Robinson by phone at 406.841.2250 or by visiting HTTP://


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Numerous Coal Board Grants Awarded in Southeastern Montana


(Hardin) The Montana Coal Board met last week in Hardin and awarded numerous grants into Southeastern Montana.   “We are very appreciative and certainly excited to have been awarded these funds which will bring additional assistance to communities that have been impacted by coal,” stated Jim Atchison, Executive Director of Southeastern Montana Development (SEMDC).

Four (4) Applications that SEMDC was involved with were awarded $880,068.  “SEMDC directly assisted three of the four and supported the fourth application,” noted Atchison.

“This is an excellent state program for returning limited dollars back to coal impacted communities to improve the quality of life,” he added.  Applicants awarded funds were:

* City of Colstrip: $500,000 for a portion of a major waste water rehabilitation project,

* City of Miles City: $166,118 to assist with an airport runway paving project,

* Treasure County: $73,950 to help purchase a new ambulance and

* Town of Hysham: $140,000 to assist in paying for replacement of the town’s water tower.

Atchison also gave credit to the area state legislators in securing these addition Coal Board funds during the session.  “Senator Ankney and Representatives Berry and Custer were key drivers and supporters during the legislative session in which HB-228 was passed,” Atchison noted.  “These funds give the Coal Board additional leverage to assist these communities.”

SEMDC is a regional non-profit economic development group that was established in 1997 to stimulate and encourage economic activity in the four (4) Counties of Custer, Powder River, Rosebud, and Treasure.  Today, SEMDC continues to work with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to help create and retain jobs in these four counties.  Their track record has documented over 986 jobs created or retained and over $35 million dollars in project assistance since 1997.  Since 2005, SEMDC has been designated by the State of Montana as a Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) and the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) as an Economic Development District.

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NorthWestern Energy Seeking Carbon Offset Projects


NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy is looking to fund cost-effective carbon offset projects in its Montana service area.

Eligible conservation projects must either reduce carbon emissions or promote the incremental absorption of carbon from the atmosphere. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued pursuant to the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) Order No. 6943a that authorized construction of the Dave Gates Generating Station.

“Montana law requires us to offset the new carbon generated by the DGGS plant by funding projects that reduce carbon in the atmosphere,” said John Hines, Vice President – Energy Supply. “We worked through the details of the carbon offset plan with the Montana Public Service Commission to fund eligible projects that comply with the spirit and intent of the law.”

NorthWestern intends to provide a total of $146,000 in funding for eligible projects that:

a. Increase energy efficiency in buildings (e.g., heating, cooling or lighting);

b. Retrofit buildings to improve energy efficiency;

c. Increase efficiency of energy used in manufacturing;

d. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing processes;

e. Combust or contain methane gases from landfills or other industrial wastes; or

f. Meet the criteria for Utility Energy Loss Reduction Projects.

Additional types of energy conservation projects may be considered at NWE’s discretion if they do not conflict with other parts of the plan. Projects must be completed in 2014.

Further qualifications may apply. For a complete description of the eligibility requirements and to download the plan and/or an application, please visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. February 28, 2014.

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Caviar Grants Available


The Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Caviar Grants Committee would like to announce the applications for the Yellowstone Paddlefish Caviar Project are now available.  Applications can be obtained Read the rest of this entry »

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Cooperative Marketing Grants Available Through Custer Country


Applications for marketing funds for non-profits located within Custer Country are now available.  The purpose of these funds is to grow our tourism economy through increased visitor spending throughout Custer Country. Successful applicants will utilize these funds in accordance with Custer Country’s Mission which is  to increase visitors to Southeast Montana by increasing awareness of our region, showcasing our cultural heritage, Read the rest of this entry »

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Shooting Range Development Grant Deadline


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the deadline to apply for range development grant proposals is May 1.

Montana’s Shooting Range Grant Program, administered by FWP, provides funding to private shooting clubs, organizations, local governments and school districts to build and improve public shooting ranges throughout the state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Grants Available To Ag Producers and Rural Small Businesses


In response to an article ran in the Powder River Examiner a few weeks ago, Matthew Holben from USDA, Rural Development will be coming to Broadus to provide a presentation on the Rural Energy For America Program on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 11am in the Election Room at the Courthouse.

The REAP/RES/EEI Grants Program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Read the rest of this entry »

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