Partner Resources

Assistance for Businesses
 

U.S. Small Business Administration
Loans of up to $2 million to qualified businesses and nonprofits in declared disaster areas.
Only eligible for counties in 2017 drought, since it was a declared disaster by the Secretary of Agriculture
(800) 659-2955 | https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/BusinessPhysicalLoans

U.S. Small Business Administration
Loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster; this is regardless of whether the applicant has sustained physical damage.
Only eligible for counties in 2017 drought, since it was a declared disaster by the Secretary of Agriculture
(800) 659-2955 | https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1504

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
This website contains information on a series of special tax laws that may help businesses and farms with financial recovery after a disaster.            
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/disaster-assistance-and-emergency-relief-for-individuals-and-businesses-1

Flathead Valley Community College
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.
Counties served: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln
(406) 756-3836 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/kalispell

University of Montana
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.
Counties served: Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders
(406) 243-4770 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/missoula

Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Area
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Silver Bow, Madison, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, and Powell  
(406) 533-6780 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/butte

Montana State University - Tech Link Center
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Gallatin and Park
(406) 599-0790 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/bozeman

Helena College
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Broadwater, Lewis & Clark, Meagher  
(406) 447-6376 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/helena

Great Falls Development Authority
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Cascade, Fergus, Glacier, Judith Basin, Pondera, Teton, Toole   
(406) 771-9022 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/greatfalls

Bear Paw Development Corporation
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, Liberty, Phillips 
(406) 399-1557 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/havre

Big Sky Economic Development Authority
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Yellowstone, Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Petroleum, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland
(406) 254-6014| http://sbdc.mt.gov/billings

Miles Community College
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.           
Counties served: Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure, Wibaux          
(406) 874-6168 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/milescity

Great Northern Development Corporation
SBDC - Montana's SBDC's don't have specific wildfire assistance programs, however, they would be a critical local resource.
Counties served: Daniels, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley
(406) 653-2590 | http://sbdc.mt.gov/wolfpoint
 

Assistance for Agriculture


USDA Farm Service Agency

Provides Grants, Loans, and Technical Assistance available for Agricultural Producers.

Livestock Forage Program (LFP)
Provides assistance for natural disasters. This program compensates eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to fire and drought.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/livestock-forage/index

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
Provides assistance for natural disasters. This program provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from disaster.     
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/livestock-indemnity/index

Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
Provides assistance for natural disasters. This program provides provides emergency funding and technical assistance to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/emergency-conservation/index

Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)
Provides payments to eligible owners of rural nonindustrial private forest land to carry out emergency measures to restore forest health on land damaged by natural disaster events.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/emergency-forest-restoration/index

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
Provides payments to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish to help compensate for losses due to weather or natural disasters.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/emergency-assist-for-livestock-honey-bees-fish/index

Emergency Loan Program (EM)
Provides EM loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, and other natural disasters.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/emergency-farm-loans/index

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
Provides financial assistance for noninsurable crop losses due to drought, flooding, and other natural disasters.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/noninsured-crop-disaster-assistance/index

Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
Provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/tree-assistance-program/index


Internal Revenue Service

Provides Technical Assistance for Businesses.

Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
This website contains information on a series of special tax laws that may help businesses and farms with financial recovery after a disaster.
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/disaster-assistance-and-emergency-relief-for-individuals-and-businesses-1

Flood Management Assistance
 

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
 

Continuing Authorities Program
This fund is for relatively small projects dealing with floodplain management, flood control, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and stream bank protection.
Available to: Assistance for Cities, Towns, Counties (must be requested by a State Emergency Management Agency)
http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Project-Authorities/Continuing-Authorities/

Emergency Flood Protection
USACE can provide technical assistance to State and local governments with regard to emergency preparedness and planning activities. Assistance is to develop contingency plans, evacuation plans, and exercises to lend expertise in both areas.
Available to: Assistance for Cities, Towns, Counties (must be requested by a State Emergency Management Agency)
http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/

Permanent Flood Protection Solutions
USACE has the authority to construct large-scale flood risk management (FRM) projects (dams, levees, etc.) through their Civil Works Program.
Available to: Assistance for Cities, Towns, Counties (must be requested by a State Emergency Management Agency)
http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/

Tribal Partnership Program
This program enables USACE to assist on a reconnaissance study of various water resources and related issues with Tribes (such as flood damage reduction, environmental restoration and protection, watershed planning, and cultural resources studies).
Available to: Tribal Governments
http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
The EWP program provides technical and financial assistance to prevent further damage from flooding, runoff, and erosion.
An eligible entity must apply within 60 days of the event which caused the impairment.
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/mt/programs/planning/ewpp/


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