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Reclamation & Development Grants Program Planning Grants

Posted Date: 
December 15, 2017
Heidi Anderson Folnagy, Reclamation & Development Grants, Montana DNRC

The Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grants are state-funded grants designed to fund projects that help plan and develop RDGP Project Grants.


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.


Crucial state need projects must 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 of project must directly relate to natural resources.  

Planning grant 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. Applications may be submitted by email or mail to the addresses listed below:

  • Submit by Email
    Heidi Anderson Folnagy
    (406) 444.6691
  • Submit by Mail:
    Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
    Resource Development Bureau
    Attn: Heidi Anderson Folnagy
    P.O. Box 201601
    Helena, MT 59620-1601
Heidi Anderson Folnagy | (406) 444.6691 |