The Emergency Housing Assistance Program serves eligible Montanan families, who because of the COVID-19 emergency or the response to that emergency, have suffered substantial financial hardship and now lack sufficient income or resources available to pay housing costs. 

  • Initial payments may include up to three months assistance where the eligible household can demonstrate arrears for April and May, with continued inability to make their June payment. 
  • Subsequent month(s) of assistance are contingent on completion of a monthly Request for Continued Assistance form attesting to the need for on-going assistance, and subject to available funding. 
  • Montana Housing will pay the difference between 30% of the household’s current gross monthly income and their eligible housing assistance costs (monthly rent or mortgage payment plus monthly hazard insurance, if applicable and not paid directly by mortgage servicer), up to $2,000/month. A housing assistance calculator is available on our  https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/CovidHousingAssist 
  • Homeowners meeting program eligibility that are in a forbearance program will use funds to bring their loan current.
  • Rent or mortgage payment arrears due prior to April 1, 2020 are not eligible. 
  • Unpaid security deposits corresponding with initial lease agreements effective April 1, 2020 or later are eligible.
  • Payments are made directly to landlord/property owners, mortgage servicers and/or hazard insurance companies.

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 Public Health Grants are available to local and tribal health departments and Urban Indian Health Centers to help in the response to COVID-19 and to meet the needs of their communities. Current funding available is $5 million. 

Funding can be used for:

  • Current and future COVID-19 response and preparedness activities.
  • Core public health operations and functions that have been disrupted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Grants ranging from $500-$2,000 per applicant are available to reduce social isolation among isolated populations. 

Eligible applicants include: organizations who work to reduce isolation among isolated populations, including the elderly, disabled, congregate care settings, senior centers, sober and transitional living.

  • Area agencies on aging
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Tribal elder services
  • Sober and transitional living facilities 
  • Critical Access Hospitals that provide long-term care services
  • Senior Centers

Individuals are not eligible.  

Grant funds may be used for:   Grant funds can be used by eligible organizations to fund technologies and other efforts to encourage physically distant forms of social interaction for isolated Montanans during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Grants of up to $50,000 per applicant are available to increase food security for Montanans hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Eligible applicants include:

  • Community organizations providing food assistance to Montanans with limited resources
  • Food banks
  • Food pantries
  • Community cupboards, and 
  • Entities with infrastructures already in place to begin new food distribution programs. 

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Each nonprofit is only eligible for one Social Services Nonprofit grant.  NOTE: Do not re-apply for a nonprofit grant if you have already submitted one at an earlier date. This significantly increases the time to review your applications. 


The Social Services Nonprofit Grant has been created in response to the economic impact caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grants can be used for:  Working capital for nonprofits to support payroll, rent, taxes, accounts payable and expenses related to shifts in operations in order to retain existing programs and services, retain current employees or retain organizational viability for provision of future services and operations.

Grants cannot be used for: Lobbying or political purposes.

Maximum Award:  Grants of up to $10,000 per applicant are available for nonprofit organizations to retain existing programs and services, employees, or organizational viability for provision of future services and operations. 

Eligible Applicants: Applications are being accepted from social service nonprofits meeting all the following eligibility requirements:

  • Montana-based nonprofit
  • Registered and in good standing with the Secretary of State or Local Tribal Government
  • The nonprofit was functioning prior to February 15, 2020

Reporting Requirements: All recipients will be required to fill out and return a survey 6 months after award that includes information on how the grant assisted them and post-employment data in the format provided by the State of Montana.

Applicants will be required to sign a Certification Statement. 

As a recipient of public grant, the amount of the grant received, and nonprofit name will be public information.  

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The Montana Business Stabilization Grant has been created in response to the economic impact to small businesses in Montana caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

Funds can be used for: Grants will provide working capital for small businesses to support payroll, rent, accounts payable, debt services and expenses related to shifts in operations in order to retain existing businesses, retain current employees or retain business viability for future re-employment.

 Eligibility Requirements -  To be eligible to apply, businesses must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

· Montana-based company 

· Registered and in good standing with the Secretary of State or Local Tribal Government

· The business had 50 or fewer employees part- or full-time prior to February 15, 2020

· The business sustained a loss of revenue due to COVID-19 since February 15, 2020

· To receive federal funds, may not be a marijuana-based business. 

Maximum Award: The maximum award available per applicant is up to 3 months of working capital up to $10,000.

Funds can be used for: payroll, rent, accounts payable and expenses 

Priority for funding will be given to applicants that have not received SBA Payroll Protection Program or other relief programs.

Applications will be accepted and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended. Only one application per business entity per filing status will be considered for funding.


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  • Businesses will only be able to apply once for reimbursement to this program for up to a maximum of $5,000
  • Businesses must submit all itemized receipts, invoices at the time of application.
  • Costs must be PAID - and proof of payment must be clear and included with the itemize invoice/receipt documentation
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The Montana Business Adaptability Grant has been created in response to the costs businesses and nonprofits in Montana incurred to adapt to the new business environment caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The program will provide reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses related to keeping staff and customers safe – from the purchase of personal protective equipment to resources needed for staff to work remotely. 

Eligibility Requirements -  To be eligible to apply, businesses must meet all the following eligibility requirements:
· Montana-based business or nonprofit
· In good standing with the Secretary of State or Local Tribal Government
· Has incurred costs since March 1, 2020 to adapt to COVID-19 business restrictions

Ineligible Uses of Funds -
· To receive federal funds, may not be a marijuana-based business. 

 · Payroll expenses (see Business Stabilization program if you have these COVID-related costs)


Maximum Award:  Maximum reimbursement per applicant up to $5,000.  

Funds can be used for: Grants will provide reimbursement for costs incurred by businesses to offset costs of COVID-related supplies, communications, repairs and maintenance, travel costs to allow them to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Examples of costs eligible for reimbursement is provided below. 

Communications 

- Postage/shipping

- Software/Hardware to encourage remote work  

Repairs & maintenance 

- Replacement of porous surfaces with non-porous for ease of sanitation   

- Repairs & maintenance Remodel to add drive-through or curbside services   

Services 

- Installation for plexiglass or other barriers   

 - Contracting expenses for installation of equipment   

 - Cleaning services   

Supplies 

- Plexiglass or other barrier materials

- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

- Cleaning Supplies

- Hand Sanitizer

- Thermometers/Temperature checks

- Printing & Signage

- Floor markings for social distancing

- Caution tape or similar supplies for blocking off certain areas

- Hand Washing Stations 

- N-95 fit testing or fit testing equipment

- Stations for controlling client/customer movement

- Self-checkout kiosks

- Isolation and ventilation modification for ambulance vehicles

- Office furniture to encourage remote work

- Office supplies to encourage remote work

Travel

- Hotel for quarantining employees    

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