Proposals for Opportunity Zones


All proposals must be submitted by midnight on March 30, 2018

Send completed proposals to:


Each proposal must be submitted by the Official Representative of the eligible City, Town, County, Tribal Government, Certified Regional Development Corporation Region (CRDC), or lead economic development organization across the state. Eligible applicants must identify and prioritize Census tracts within their jurisdictions to identify local preferences as it relates to the Census tracts highest degree of probability of development.

Eligible applicants are cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, CRDCs, or lead economic development organizations that have an eligible Census tract within their boundary.

Any eligible applicant is allowed to submit a proposal for any eligible Census tract(s) that occurs within the jurisdictions boundaries or service area. Click here for a list of eligible Census tracts. If an eligible applicant is submitting a proposal for Census tracts that occur in more than one jurisdiction or service area, please provide written letters of support from the other eligible jurisdiction or service area.



Tier System 

To balance the interest of communities with great opportunity and need within the state, the Montana Department of Commerce has created a tier system.Proposals will be evaluated using a two-tier system to ensure small communities are not competing with large communities. 

Tier one: Eligible census tracts within Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. 

Tier two: All other Cities, Towns, Counties, or Tribes that contain eligible census tracts


Additional Resources and Links

The Montana Department of Commerce staff are available to help guide applicants on the Montana proposal process and help answer questions about Opportunity Zones as current information allows. 

  • The U.S Department of the Treasury has provided a map of eligible census tracts based on the criteria above. This map has been updated, as of February 27, 2018, which is available to view here:
  • Opportunity 360 has developed a zone eligibility tool, updated February 28, 2018.


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