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 Montana’s seniors. 

Eligible applicants include:

  • Area agencies on aging
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes, and 
  • Tribal elder services

Grant funds may be used for:   Grant funds can be used to fund technologies and other efforts to encourage physically distant forms of social interaction for elderly 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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The Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP) was created to relieve small and medium-sized food and agriculture businesses in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through business adaptation and diversification.

Applicants must demonstrate how financial assistance would make an immediate impact to their operation in adapting to COVID-19. Projects should aim to increase community resilience to pandemics and other economic disruptions, while also creating additional economic activity and bolstering food security. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those focused on accessing new markets, projects which strengthen and expand local food systems, and other business adaptations that decrease food and agricultural waste.

  • Total funding available $500,000
  • Maximum application amount $10,000
  • Reimbursable expenses must occur between March 1 and December 1, 2020.

Eligible applicants: 

  • Based in the state of Montana
  • Must be registered with the Montana Secretary of State.
  • May not be debarred or suspended from receiving federal or state funds

Funding may be used for:

  • Infrastructure
  • Equipment
  • Certifications
  • Storage
  • Maintaining compliance with CDC and DPHHS recommendations
  • Other business adaptations and diversification activities

 Funding may not be used for:

  • Replacing lost sales 
  • Engaging in lobbying activities
  • Travel expenses
  • Entertainment expenses

Applicants will be reviewed and ranked for funding based on:

  • Funding's impact on relieving impacts of COVID-19
  • Demonstrated need 
  • Potential impact to Montana’s agriculture economy 
  • Timeline for implementation
  • Impact on community resilience and food security 

Applications for programs will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning May 7. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are expended, or until Dec. 1, 2020, whichever is first. 

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The response from Montana’s business and non-profit community in confronting COVID-19 has been nothing short of inspirational. In order to help businesses and non-profits that have shifted their operations to directly responding to the COVID-19 emergency, this grant is intended to provide small amounts of money to scale up, improve capabilities, or drive expanded distribution of your products or services. Projects should demonstrate significant impact in improving public health, safety, and economic impact.

Eligible Applicants: 

  • This grant is open to non-profit entities and for-profit businesses of less than 150 employees that have created an innovative product or service intended to directly confront the COVID-19 emergency, including startup businesses that have been created in direct response to the COVID-19 emergency;
  • Applicants must have primary operations based in the State of Montana;
  • Business entities must be in good standing with the Montana Secretary of State or Local Tribal Government; and
  • Applicants must not be debarred from receiving federal or state funds.
  • Marijuana-based businesses are not eligible for federal funds.

Total funding available is currently $5,000,000.

Maximum award: $25,000. 

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on May 7th, 2020 and continuing until all funds are expended, or December 1, 2020.

Funds can be used for:    Eligible expenses are those that are directly related to the innovation, such as product development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. Travel, rent or mortgages, entertainment, and payroll not directly related to the innovation are not eligible expenses. 

Ineligible Costs: Funds may not be used to back-fill lost revenue, fund general operations, travel, or other indirect expenses.

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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. 

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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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