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Reclamation & Development Grants Program Planning Grants

Posted Date: 
September 28, 2017
Heidi Anderson Folnagy, Reclamation & Development Grants, Montana DNRC

Application Due by 5 p.m. on December 15, 2017

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is accepting grant applications to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects. The RDGP Planning Grants are state-funded grants designed to fund projects that help plan and develop RDGP Project Grants.

Proposed projects must plan for projects that will provide benefits in one of two categories:

  1. Mineral development reclamation projects must:
    • Reclaim land, water or other resources adversely affected by mineral development, or
    • Mitigate damage to public resources caused by mineral development, or
    • Research, demonstrate, or provide technical assistance to promote the wise use of Montana minerals, or
    • Investigate and remediate sites where hazardous wastes or regulated substances threaten public health or the environment, or
    • Research to assess existing or potential environmental damage resulting from mineral development.
  2. Crucial state need:   Projects that meet a crucial state need must prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources or capture extraordinary public benefit that would otherwise be lost.  They must have a regional or statewide importance.  Public benefit from implementation of this type of project must directly relate to natural resources.  

Up to $50,000 are available per planning project to any city, county, Tribe, conservation district, or other local government subdivision in Montana. 

Planning activities may include, but are not limited to:  problem analysis, site assessment, feasibility studies, environmental monitoring, remedial action plans, technology demonstration, research, grant writing or other related actions that lead to a full-scale project.

OPEN Grant Cycle ending Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5 pm or until available funds are spent. 

Applications meeting qualifications will be funded immediately. 

  • The applicant and the project meet eligibility criteria (see application form).
  • The planning grant contains a well-reasoned, achievable strategy for dealing with the problem or need.
  • The need for the planning grant is clear.
  • The application provides a clear description of who, what, why, where, when and how planning grant activities will be conducted.
  • The planning grant will lead to a project grant proposal.  
  • The final project benefits natural resources.

Application Submittal:  The complete application form and instructions are available electronically on the DNRC website at: or by contacting DNRC.

Please use the 2019 Biennium Application.  Contact Heidi Anderson Folnagy (information below) for submittal questions.

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

Submission by Email

Heidi Anderson Folnagy
(406) 444-6691

Submission by Mail

Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Resource Development Bureau
Attn: Heidi Anderson Folnagy
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601


Contact Heidi Anderson Folnagy: 406.444.6691,

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