The Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) Planning Grants are state-funded grants designed to fund projects that help plan and develop RDGP Project Grants. The program funds reclamation projects that repair, reclaim, and mitigate environmental damage to public resources from non-renewable resource extraction and crucial state need projects that prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources or capture extraordinary public benefit that would otherwise be lost.

Current Grant Cycles

Applications due Thursday April 13, 2023 by 5 pm
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Eligible Applicants:

  • Cities, counties, or other political subdivisions (e.g. conservation district, irrigation district, school district, water/sewer/solid waste district)
  • Tribal governments in Montana
  • Divisions of state government (departments, agencies, boards, commissions)

Eligible Projects:

Projects must be either a mineral development or crucial state need project.  See descriptions here.

In order to be eligible for RDGP funding, a project must:

  • Be technically and financially feasible
  • Be the most cost-effective alternative to address a problem or attain an objective
  • Comply with statutory and regulatory standards protecting environmental quality
  • Be from an applicant able and willing to enter into an agreement with DNRC for the implementation of the proposed project.
  • Cannot relieve a liable party or include work on an actively permitted site

Examples of Planning Projects include:

  • Planning activities that lead to RDGP project grant application
  • Site assessment and sampling 
  • Feasibility or design studies 
  • Groundwater Investigation 
  • Research or technology demonstration 
  • Grant writing for natural resource cleanup grants and RDGP Project Grants 
Grant Amount 
DNRC will award grants up to $50,000.

How to Apply 
Please see our application guidance (pdf) (word).  Submit applications through the online grant management system:  grants.dnrc.mt.gov 

Application Materials: 

Application Review and Award 
DNRC solicits, evaluates, and ranks each application.  Funds are awarded based on rank and available funding.

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