Grants and Financial Assistance
Mass Timber Conference Travel Stipend
In the interest of advancing the use, knowledge and skill-base of Montana professionals to design and construct with mass timber products, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is offering $500 travel reimbursements for individuals and businesses that reside and work in Montana to attend the Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon March 28-30, 2017.
are due to Angela Wells at email@example.com no later than 5pm on March 1, 2017.
Biomass Energy Pre-Feasibility Assessment (PFA) Grants
Eligible Applicants: public schools and institutions, non-profit and tribal facilities, and private businesses
Eligible Activities: hire firm to conduct pre-feasibility assessment for a wood biomass energy system
Award Available: $3,500
Submission Deadline: Open application period
The Montana DNRC pre-screens PFA applications to determine the potential likelihood of economic viability of a woody biomass installation and whether it warrants further assessment by a professional firm. Factors included in the pre-screening include:
- Facility has high heat and/or hot water demand
- Facility has relatively high heating costs
- The estimated cost/btu of wood fuel is less than the current cost of fossil fuel/btu
- Facility has an existing centralized system (steam/hydroponic) heat distribution system
- The current boiler is old and due for replacement
- Facility is in proximity to a wood fuel source at a reasonable delivered cost
- There is space on site for a biomass boiler, fuel storage, and access for delivery trucks
- Installation is proposed for new facility construction.
In some cases, stand-alone facilities may not meet the pre-screening criteria. However, if additional facilities nearby are included, economies of scale can tip the balance toward feasibility. The Montana Wood Energy Heat Map (currently under development) will provide this information for potential applicants considering co-locating facilities. Check back in 2017 for this new tool!
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency provides an updated online listing of current programs that are available for a variety of renewable energy projects. These include grant and loan programs, tax incentives and credits, and industry recruitment and support.
- USDA: Natural Resource Conservation Service-Montana (NRCS)
- Montana Incentives for Renewable Energy (DEQ)
- Montana Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program (DEQ)
Federal Financing Opportunities - coming soon!
Contact program staff or your local economic development office about additional financing options.
The Forest Products and Biomass Coordinator position is currently vacant. For questions pertaining to the available biomass grant programs contact Angela Wells, (406) 542-4221.