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Reclamation and Development Project Planning Grants


Next grant cycle:
Applications due Thursday, August 15, 2014

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) manages the Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) to fund projects that indemnify the people of the state for the effects of mineral development on public resources and that meet other crucial needs to protect Montana’s environment. The purposes of the RDGP are to:

(a) repair, reclaim, and mitigate environmental damage to public resources from RDG projectnonrenewable resource extraction; and,
(b) develop and ensure the quality of public resources for the benefit of all Montanans.

Sites with natural resource damage have unique planning needs. RDGP planning grants are intended to assist local jurisdictions with these unique planning needs.

Recipients of planning grants, in many cases, will be expected to complete and submit to DNRC an RDGP application for full-scale project funding by May 15, 2016. Note: RDGP applications for full-scale projects are only accepted in even numbered years.

WHO WE FUND: Tribes, cities, counties, conservation districts. and other local government entities

RDG projectWHAT WE FUND: The planning grant program funds planning for natural resource projects eligible for funding through the larger RDGP.

Proposed projects must provide benefits in one of two categories:
• mineral development impacts or
• crucial state need.

Mineral development impact projects must achieve at least one of the following:

  1. Reclaim land, water or other resources adversely affected by mineral development
  2. Mitigate damage to public resources caused by mineral development
  3. Research, demonstrate, or provide technical assistance to promote the wise use of Montana minerals
  4. Investigate and remediate sites where hazardous wastes or regulated substances threaten public health or the environment
  5. Research to assess existing or potential environmental damage resulting from mineral development

Crucial state need projects must prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to RDG projectnatural resources or capture extraordinary public benefit that would otherwise be lost. Public benefit from implementation of this type project must directly relate to natural resources.

Project activities may include, but are not limited to: (1) problem analysis, (2) feasibility or design studies, (3) environmental monitoring, (4) remedial action plans, (5) technology demonstration, (6) research, (7) construction, or (8) other related actions that lead to a full-scale project.

Funding limit: Up to $50,000 per planning project, depending on intended planning activities.

Grant Guidance:
2014 application
Word File
PDF Form File

When to Apply: August 15, 2014. Additional cycles will be announced until funds are expended.

For Additional Information Contact:

Alicia Stickney

Stephanie Hester

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Resource Development Bureau
1625 Eleventh Avenue
Helena, Montana 59620-1601
Phone: 406-444-6668
FAX: 406-444-6721
Website Address: http://dnrc.mt.gov


Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684