- Private-sector, Montana based company manufacturing or selling a Montana forest product or adding value to a forest product in Montana.
- Company must be registered with the Montana Secretary of State. (To find out if you’re registered, click here. For help with registering, click here.)
- Grant application provided adequate proof that the marketing materials/media or event is an appropriate fit for the company.
- The Montana Department of Commerce and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will make the final decision as to a company’s eligibility for this program.
Activity 1: Marketing
This grant may be used to provide a 50/50 cost-share reimbursement of the expenses incurred for developing marketing materials and media. This may include, but is not limited to, website development or updating; and design, production and printing of marketing materials, brochures and handouts.
Activity 2: Exhibitor Assistance
This grant may be used to provide a 50/50 cost-share reimbursement of the expenses incurred for exhibiting at domestic and international events. This may include, but is not limited to, exhibitor booth/table fees, booth equipment, developing and purchasing exhibit/promotional materials (graphics, banners, signs, literature holders/racks), shipping, and event advertising.
Exhibition events may include, but are not limited to conferences/trade shows of the following associations and/or target audiences: Architecture Institute of America, Montana Building Industry Association, Joint Engineers Conference, Montana Contractor’s Association, and home and garden shows.
Transportation, meals, lodging and payroll expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.
This program is based on a 50% reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred. Funds are not disbursed until actual receipts are submitted after costs are incurred and paid.
A company may receive 1 award per State of Montana fiscal year (July 1- June 30). The total individual award is limited to 50% of the actual eligible expenditures not to exceed a base amount $2,000 per company. The minimum amount is $300.
The business shall function independently in performing the exhibition activity and shall assume sole responsibility of any debts or liabilities that may be incurred in regard to the applied for trade show. The award cannot be assigned.