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Published December 14, 2018

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.

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.
  1. 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 is 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.

NEW Application Submittal:  The Reclamation and Development Grants Program is using the State of Montana grant application and tracking database called Webgrants at Applications must be submitted on Webgrants (  The complete application form and instructions are available electronically at and on the DNRC website at:  or by contacting DNRC.

Applications due February 28, 2019 by 5 pm

Questions? Contact Heidi Anderson Folnagy: 406.444.6691,

Need help writing your application?  Please check out the Resource Development Bureaus new Resources and Trainings webpage which includes webinars on grant writing, FAQs for grant sponsors and other useful information.  Find it here:

Heidi Anderson Folnagy  |  |  (406) 444-6691