MACo enhances the public service mission of counties by promoting integrity and providing proactive leadership while acknowledging and respecting Montana’s diversity.
On November 30th, DOA announced changes from the Governor’s Office to the CARES Local Government Reimbursement Program, which are effective immediately with the 5th reimbursement cycle. Certain expenses that local governments have already budgeted for—and without a direct or substantial nexus to COVID-19 relief—will not be eligible for reimbursement in the final round (November 1st – December 30th). Eligible expenses are subject to availability of funds.
Today, November 17th, Governor Bullock announced that further restrictions will be implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The additional measures are effective at 5 a.m. Friday, November 20th and expiring at the end of the declared state of emergency in Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.
Community Development Block Grant Community Planning Grant Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2020.
The Montana Department of Commerce has launched the 2020 Census State Championship to encourage counties and tribes in Montana to compete for the highest increase in self-response rates to the 2020 Census from now until September 30. With only 15 days left in the 2020 Census count, the Commerce Department and the Montana Complete Count Committee are urging every Montana resident to respond to the 2020 Census before the shortened deadline of September 30.
Governor Bullock today (August 6th) issued a directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 November general election by allowing counties to expand voting by mail and early voting. Whether or not they provide mail ballots, all counties will be required to offer in person voting opportunities and take precautions to ensure Montanans have the option to register or vote safely.
On July 15th Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19 to slow the spread of the virus in Montana.
On July 2nd, the Governor’s Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana was released to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in the fall.
The Local Government Reimbursement Program is now open. Reimbursement is available to local governments as part of the CARES Act and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grant program for direct costs associated with COVID-19.