DNRC Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program
Project Planning Grant Application Guidance
Lindsay Volpe 444-9766 firstname.lastname@example.org
RRGL Planning Grant Purpose
The purpose of the RRGL Planning Grant Program is to provide funding to governmental entities for professional and technical services necessary to produce a high-quality RRGL grant application leading to a project that conserves, manages, develops, or protects Montana’s renewable resources.
The contracted services must be necessary to produce or update a Preliminary Engineering Report meeting the requirements of the Uniform Application for Montana Public Facility Projects OR the Step 4. Technical Narrative section of the RRGL Application for Governmental Entities. Costs to produce Capital Improvement Plans, Growth Plans, and other management tools are also eligible for funding.
The program does not cover costs associated with final design, aquatic invasive species, in-kind activity, indirect or program costs.
An applicant must be a governmental entity, including tribal governments. Examples include municipalities, counties, sewer and/or water districts, irrigation districts, conservation districts, and Native American tribes located in Montana.
In-kind services and program costs are not eligible reimbursable items.
How to Apply
All applications must be submitted electronically by January 31, 2020. An applicant must register and apply at https://www.fundingmt.org
Application Authorizing Statements must be received by mail to be considered for funding. However, you may attach a copy of the statement to the application for recording purposes.
Applications will be reviewed and competitively ranked based on the renewable resource benefits of the proposed project. Proposed projects must conserve, manage, develop, or preserve/protect Montana’s renewable resources.
If a large number of applications are received at the beginning of this cycle the staff may choose to have two ranking cycles to address the application need within the cycle. All applicants will be notified of this process once it occurs.
Funding is limited by availability and will be at the final discretion of RRGL staff. However, all efforts will be made to make awards in accordance with application type limits listed below in order to preserve budget integrity for the applicant.
Application Types and Associated Grant Limits
New Preliminary Engineering Reports meeting the requirements of the Uniform Application for Montana Public Facility Projects are limited to $15,000.
New Technical Narratives meeting the requirements of the Step 4. Technical Narrative section of the RRGL Application for Governmental Entities are limited to $15,000.
Updates to existing Preliminary Engineering Reports and Technical Narratives are limited to $8,000.
Other types to fund Capital Improvement Plans, Growth Plans, and other management tools are limited to $8,000.
No match is required.
The total grant funds for 2019 biennium are $1,100,000. Application funding is available depending upon revenue received. After the second cycle, planning grant awards will be awarded at the programs discretion.