Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants who are impacted by natural resource development may apply for eligible infrastructure projects. Eligible applicants are local governments including an incorporated city or town, a county, a consolidated local government, a tribal government, a county or multicounty water, sewer, solid waste district, school district, or an authority as defined in MCA 75-6-304

Local governments must be able to demonstrate an impact to an existing or future population caused by a growth or decline associated with coal, oil, gas, or timber development within the county where the local government is located. Any eligible local government must have recorded production taxes of coal, oil, or gas, or total timber harvested as reported by the Montana Department of Revenue, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, or other federal and state agencies. The level of impact must be further described by the applicant through the application responses. 

Eligible Projects

Eligible applicants can apply to complete infrastructure projects that solve a deficiency related to the following project types: drinking water systems; wastewater treatment; sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems; solid waste disposal and separation systems (including site acquisition, preparation, and monitoring); bridges; facilities for government administration; public safety infrastructure related to law enforcement, fire protection, or emergency services; or school district infrastructure projects. A school district infrastructure project means a project that is related to life safety or security issues; for major repairs or deferred maintenance in an existing school facility; or for major improvements or enhancements to an existing school facility. 

Eligible applicants may apply for multiple projects. Eligible projects must be stand-alone with proposed project components being integral to addressing the infrastructure deficiency. Stand-alone projects must not be reliant upon a future scope of work.  All grant recipients must meet start-up conditions no later than September 30, 2020, or the grant obligation is terminated.

Eligible Funding

The maximum amount of funding cannot exceed $750,000 per project from the DLA program. Further, the maximum amount cannot exceed $1.5 million, per county, from the DLA program.   

If an applicant submits more than one application, the applicant must present which project is the highest priority for funding consideration and is ready to proceed with project activities beginning October 1, 2019.    

Applicants that apply for the DLA program, who also applied during the 2018 TSEP funding cycle and did not receive legislative approval (as proposed within HB 11 or HB 652), can only apply for the amount originally recommended in the 2021 biennium report.  Substantial changes to the project will require a new application from the local government, submitted to Commerce by the application due date. For those projects that did not have substantial changes from an application submitted for TSEP funding during the 2018 TSEP funding cycle, but did not receive approval, only Section I and Section II (Natural Resource Development Impact) of the application must be completed.

Natural Resource Impact

Eligible applicants must demonstrate the impact that coal, oil, gas, or timber has on their existing or future population. This impact must be demonstrated at a minimum through describing the impact or recorded production data from the area the local government is located (e.g. production data recorded in the county where the school district/town/local government/etc. is located). Click here to see examples of recorded production data supplied by the Montana Department of Revenue and the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Using other information sources available from local governments, local news sources, or other reputable organizations is encouraged.

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