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Reclamation & Development Grants Program Planning Grants

Posted Date: 
October 25, 2016
Stephanie Hester or Heidi Folnagy, Reclamation & Development Grants, Montana DNRC

Application Due by 5 p.m. on December 20, 2016

The 2015 Legislature authorized the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) $800,000 in funds for Reclamation and Development Grants (RDG) Program planning grants. DNRC expects to have approximately $100,000 available this cycle, but will confirm the available overall funding amount in January.

The Reclamation and Developments Grant Program is no longer using WebGrants for submittal of applications. Applications should be submitted via email or mail by the due date.


Tribes, cities, counties, conservation districts, and other local government entities


Planning for natural resource projects that provide natural resource benefits in one of two categories:

  • mineral development impacts or
  • crucial state need. 


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


prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to natural 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.


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


The complete application form and instructions are available electronically on the DNRC website or by contacting DNRC. If you need additional information or wish to ascertain the availability of grant funding or eligibility, please contact Stephanie or Heidi:

Stephanie Hester | (406) 444.0547 | OR Heidi Folnagy | (406) 444.6691 |