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Published February 12, 2020

The DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting grant applications for both:

  • RDG Planning Grants – up to $50,000
  • RDG Project Grants – up to $500,000

Grants are available to any city, county, Tribe, conservation district, or other local government subdivision in Montana.

Proposed grants must provide natural resource benefits in one of two categories:

Reclamation projects that do 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; or 5) research to assess existing or potential environmental damage resulting from mineral development or non-renewable resources.

Crucial state need: Projects that meet a crucial state need must prevent or eliminate 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.

RDG Planning Grants

Applications due March 19, 2020 by 5 pm

Planning grant activities may include, but are not limited to, problem analysis, feasibility or design studies, environmental monitoring, remedial action plans or implementation, technology demonstration, research, site assessment, or other related actions that lead to cleanup of contamination, mitigation of damage, or protection of Montana’s environment.

RDG Project Grants

Applications due May 15, 2020 by 5 pm

Project grant activities may include, but are not limited to, abandoned mine reclamation, brownfields cleanup, abandoned hazardous waste site cleanup, abandoned oil and gas well cleanup, mining related mitigation projects, crucial state needs (a documented set of circumstances or conditions that require action to prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to Montana’s environment) .

Submit Your Applications Now at

Additional information about the program and the complete application forms and instructions are on the DNRC website at or by contacting DNRC.

Please contact Heidi Anderson Folnagy with any questions on the grants and application processes.

Heidi Anderson Folnagy | RDG Program Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation |  |  (406) 444-6691