The Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program, created by the 2019 Legislature and signed by the governor, is designed to support public or private entities with the preservation of historic sites, historical societies, or history museums through grant funding.
The Historic Preservation Grant Program provides the opportunity to stimulate economic development, community revitalization, and statewide tourism through increased investment, job creation or retention, business expansion, and local tax base growth. Combined with such return on investment, the program supports the preservation of Montana’s historic structures, sites, societies, and museums, contributing to the maintenance and demonstrating the economic impact of historical resources throughout the state.
The program coordinates with wider historic preservation technical assistance available and utilizes the diversity of funds to address the financial and preservation gaps of projects. Program funding invests in the critical point to help projects move forward, catalyzing local revitalization and economic growth.
The Montana Department of Commerce is working to implement this new program, and has now opened the public comment period for the rule making process that will administer the Montana Historic Preservation Program. A draft program application and guidelines are also available for review.
The Department will host a public hearing December 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.to consider the proposed amendment of the above-stated rule. The December 2 hearing will take place at 301 S. Park Ave., Room 228, Helena, Montana. For those who cannot attend in person, the following conference call line is available: 1-877-273-4202, Access Code: 7865396. Click here to read the full administrative rule notice.
Concerned persons may present their data, views, or arguments orally or in writing at the hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may be submitted and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 6, 2019 to:
Department of Commerce
301 South Park Avenue
P.O. Box 200501
Helena, MT 59620-0533
Telephone 406-841-2596; Fax 406-841-2871; TDD 406-841-2702
The Department of Commerce will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Commerce no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 29, 2019, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Bonnie Martello or email DOCAdministrativeRules@mt.gov.