Montana Main Street

Program Updates

The Department of Commerce Community Development Division will begin accepting Montana Main Street project grant applications for the FY 2018 application cycle on August 15, 2017. The Montana Main Street Program Guidelines and Grant Application may be accessed on our website. The Montana Main Street Program awards grant funding to member communities on a competitive basis and as funding allows. Applications are evaluated by the Department in the order they are received and grants will be awarded on a continual basis until all funds are allocated. Funding may be used to address long range community planning and revitalization needs as well as more specific priorities projects. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate the implementation of larger community vision and goals or as they relate to previous or concurrent larger planning efforts (such as a downtown revitalization plan, growth policy, historic preservation plan, etc.). If you have questions regarding the application process or guidelines, please contact Montana Main Street staff at (406) 841-2770 or by email at


The Montana Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) will hold a free one-day workshop in Miles City, Montana on July 18, 2017.


For those not familiar with BACI, it is a training and networking opportunity for Montana communities interested in creating safer and more accessible places for walking and bicycling.  Normally a three-day training, this is the first time we are offering a one-day workshop to provide an overview of the key aspects of walkable communities and share resources and tools.  Twenty-two Montana cities and counties have attended the 3-day training to date. 


You are encouraged to bring several people from your community representing different sectors such as local government, health, recreation, education, community development, transportation, senior and disability advocates, non-profits and others.  For more information and to register please see the attached BACI flier and visit our website to view the agenda. There are also many resources on our website you might find helpful.


Please forward this email to anyone you think might have interest in this training opportunity.  Space is limited so please register early.


Please direct all questions to:


Cathy Costakis, MS

Senior Consultant-Built Environment

Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

Montana State University

PO Box 170520

Bozeman, MT 59717

Office:  406.994.5734

Cell:  406.581.8650

Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program website:

Montana Building Active Communities Initiative website:

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