Dear Montana business owners and community leaders,Governor Steve Bullock

This summer’s wildfires have been difficult for all of us. Our firefighters have worked tirelessly to protect our lives and property, and volunteers have stepped up to help their friends and neighbors.

As we continue working to contain the immediate threats of wildfire, we’re also looking ahead to ensure the long-term resiliency of our small businesses and communities. Even after a wildfire is contained, you may be struggling to recover from weeks or months in which the fire impacted your livelihood.

We want you to know we’re here to help. We’ve created this resource as a one-stop shop to highlight all the resources available to help businesses and communities in the aftermath of a disaster.

Let’s continue working together for a bright tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Governor Steve Bullock

Governor Steve Bullock Signature

 

 

Business Assistance Programs


Montana Department of Commerce, Tourism Emergency Marketing Grants
Provides critical, time sensitive funding for emergency communications and marketing materials.
Available to: Local Governments, Tribes, and Tourism Regions/CVBs
PROGRAM 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. 
Available to: Montana Businesses
PROGRAM CLOSED

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, 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/


Tax Programs


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/

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/

Community Assistance Programs

Montana Department of Commerce, Treasure State Endowment Program
Grants to address urgent public health and safety needs through planning, infrastructure projects or emergency repairs.
Available to: Local Governments, Tribes, and Districts
(406) 841-2770 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/TSEP

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 Businesses, Non-Profit or For-Profit Organizations), Tribes
(406) 444-9708 | http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd

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 communities and businesses with infrastructure, community facility, or housing needs.
Available to: Local Governments (who can assist Businesses, Non-Profit or For-Profit Organizations)
406-841-2770 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/CDBGED/Overview

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)
406-841-2770 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/PlanningActivities/Overview

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
406-841-2770 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/MainStreet

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, 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 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) 841-2770 | http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CTAP

 


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