Community Development Resources


The Community Development Division has Community Planning, Financial, Grant, and Programmatic Resources available.

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CDBG Program Income Manual for Revolving Loan Funds (PDF)

Community Needs Assessment (PDF)

County Bridge & Road Capital Improvement Planning & Financing Manual (PDF)


HOME Program Resources

Debarment Information (PDF)

HUD Section 3 Business Registry

HOME Conflict of Interest Process and Procedures (PDF)

Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) (PDF)

  • Webinar from 8/12/2015 (PDF)
  • Webinar from 9/29/2015 (PDF)

Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA)

  • Webinar from 10/23/2015 (PDF)

HOME Rental Recertification and Rent Increase

  • Webinar from 11/18/2015 (PDF)

Hard Rock Mining Impact Board Resources

DEQ - Hard Rock Mining Permit & Compliance Program

Property Tax Base Sharing Act
The Property Tax Base Sharing (PTBS) Act is triggered if the approved plan identifies a "jurisdictional revenue disparity," such as may occur if increased costs for local government services will occur in a local government unit which does not include the mine within its taxing jurisdiction. The PTBS Act provides for a formula-based allocation of the taxable valuation of the hard rock mineral development among affected counties, municipalities and school districts. The allocations are based on the place of residence of the hard rock mineral development employees and their school age children. The Property Tax Base Sharing Act is found in Title 90, Chapter 6, Part 4, MCA.

Hard Rock Mining Impact Act
The 1981 Montana Legislature enacted the Hard-Rock Mining Impact Act (HRMIA) working with mineral developers and affected local governments. The purpose of the HRMIA is to ensure that local government services and facilities will be available when and where they are needed as a result of new large-scale hard rock mineral developments and that the increased cost of these services will not burden the local taxpayer. The Hard Rock Mining Impact Act is found in Title 90, Chapter 6, Part 3, MCA.

2008 Guide to Implementation of the Hard Rock Mine Impact Act and Property Tax Base Sharing Act:

Distribution of Metal Mines License Tax Revenues:

TSEP Reports and Resources

Biennial Reports and Legislation

2021 Biennium:
Governor’s 2021 Biennium Executive Budget Vol 4 TSEP (PDF)
TSEP Individual Infrastructure Statutory Priority Scores for the 2021 Biennium (PDF)
TSEP Individual Bridge Statutory Priority Scores for the 2021 Biennium (PDF)

2019 Biennium:
2018-2019 Biennium TSEP Grants (PDF)
House Bill 11 - 65th Legislature (PDF)
Governor’s 2019 Biennium Executive Budget Vol 4 TSEP (PDF)
TSEP Individual Infrastructure Statutory Priority Scores for the 2019 Biennium (PDF)
TSEP Individual Bridge Statutory Priority Scores for the 2019 Biennium (PDF)

2017 Biennium:
2016-2017 Biennium TSEP Grants (
House Bill 11 - 64th Legislature (PDF)
Governor's 2017 Biennium Executive Budget, Vol. 4 TSEP (PDF)
TSEP Individual Infrastructure Statutory Priority Scores for the 2017 Biennium (PDF)
TSEP Individual Bridge Statutory Priority Scores for the 2017 Biennium (PDF)

2015 Biennium:
2014-2015 Biennium TSEP Grants (
House Bill 11 - 63rd Legislature (PDF)

2013 Biennium:
2012-2013 Biennium TSEP Grants (
House Bill 351 - 62nd Legislature (PDF)

Project and Planning Grant Awards

TSEP Project Grant Awards:
1993-2017 Biennia TSEP Project Applications and Awards (PDF)
TSEP Projects Funded by Year (PDF)
Summaries and Status for all TSEP Projects Funded (PDF)

TSEP Planning and Emergency Grant Awards:
2017 Biennium TSEP Planning Grant Awards (
2017 Biennium TSEP Emergency Grant Awards, As of January 2017 (PDF)

Quality Schools Reports and Resources

2019 Biennium:
Governor’s 2019 Biennium Executive Budget Vol 8 Quality Schools Grant Program (
Quality Schools Individual Scores for the 2019 Biennium (PDF)
Quality Schools 2019 Biennium Application and Years to Complete per ANB Allocation (PDF)
2019 Biennium Quality Schools Applications Received (PDF)

2017 Biennium:
Governor's 2017 Biennium Executive Budget, Vol. 8 Quality Schools Program (

Quality Schools Project Grant Awards:
2015 Project Grant Awards (
Quality Schools Projects Funded by Year (PDF)
2011-2017 Biennia Quality Schools Project Applications and Awards (PDF)
Quick Start Program Awards - Energy Summary Analysis (PDF)

Loans and Bonds Resources  

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provides at or below market interest rate loans to Montana municipalities, public or private community water systems and non-profit non-community water systems for projects that facilitate compliance with the national drinking water regulations.


Montana Department of Commerce's Board of Investments INTERCAP Loan Program offers variable rate low-interest loans to School Districts for judgment, new and used vehicles, new and used equipment, real property purchase and improvements, energy retrofit projects, and interim financing and cash-flow. Repayment options include energy cost savings, general fund payments, and a building reserve fund.

Performance Contracting

Performance Contracting is one way to evaluate possibilities for energy improvements in buildings and to finance energy projects that will save money. Performance contracting functions in the following manner: you enter into an agreement with a private energy service company (ESCO). The ESCO will identify and evaluate energy-saving opportunities and then recommend a package of improvements to be paid for through savings. The ESCO will guarantee that savings meet or exceed annual payments to cover all project costs usually over a contract term of seven to 10 years. If savings don't materialize, the ESCO pays the difference, not you. To ensure savings, the ESCO offers staff training and long-term maintenance services.

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs)

Qualified Zone Academy bonds are a relatively new financing instrument that can be used to carry out much-needed school renovations and repairs as well as other improvements (any use except new construction). The federal government covers, on average, all of the interest on these bonds, thus enabling schools to save up to 50% of the costs of these construction/other projects. The interest payment is actually a tax credit, in lieu of cash, provided to financial institutions that hold the bonds. In effect, when a school district issues a QZAB, it is getting 50% of the funds as a grant. In order to qualify, schools must have 35% or more students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or the school must be located in an enterprise community or empowerment zone.

Water Pollution Control, State Revolving Fund (WPCSRF)

The Montana Legislature established the Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund (WPCSRF) Loan Program for water pollution control projects. Schools can utilize this program for low interest loans for septic system removals or upgrades.

Community Planning Documents (Link)

CTAP Publications (Link)

Legal Updates (Link)

Multi-Media Educational Materials (Link)

Useful Links (Link)

Opportunities (Link)

2018 Consultants Directory (PDF)

Census and Target Rate 2015 Info (Link)

Census and Target Rate 2010 Info (Link)

Low and Moderate Income Maps (Link)

HUD CDBG Income Limits (PDF)

HUD Income Eligibility Calculator (Link)

HUD HOME Income Limits (Link)

HUD HOME Rent Limits (PDF)

HUD HTF Income Limits (Link)

HUD HTF Rent Limits (PDF)

Current Fair Market Rent Limits (Link)

HUD HOME Maximum Purchase Price Limits (PDF)

Housing Resources

The White Paper

The first Housing White Paper was developed, printed, and distributed in 2008 by the Housing Coordinating Team. The effort was an attempt to define the problems facing the builders, developers, suppliers, and planners of affordable housing. The hope was that by collaborating on a definition of the problems there would follow a broader understanding and a collective set of solutions.

2012 White Paper - Housing in Montana (PDF)

2010 White Paper: Housing in Montana (PDF)

Summary of White Paper - Updated March 2009 (PDF)

Housing in Montana - The White Paper 2008 (PDF)

Resources for Housing Coordinating Team Members

Housing Coordinating Team Meeting Information (Link)

Federal Housing Programs: A Critical Source of Housing in Montana (PDF)

NCSHA 2-14 Business, Legislative, and Regulatory Priorities (PDF)

2014 HCT Legislative Priorities (PDF)

Packet of Information for Housing Advocates traveling to Washington, D.C. (PDF)

Other Housing Resources

Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Disaster Recovery Resource (Link)

Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (Link)

HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART) – an innovative reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, “How is HUD investing in my community?” CART provides a snapshot of HUD investments across a community, cutting the time it takes to generate this information from several business days to minutes.
CART uses geospatial technology to show the wide variety of HUD investments by city, state, county, metropolitan area, or congressional district. It also provides an interactive mapping interface that allows users to explore HUD investments within their community and see property- and grant-level detail at a variety of geographies.
“This tool provides real-time information on HUD investments in communities across the country with just a few clicks,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “In today’s 21st century global economy where information is needed almost immediately, HUD is committed to making our resources more accessible and easier to find.”
CART includes information on many of HUD’s major programs invested in communities across the country including:

•  Community Planning and Development Competitive and Formula Grants
•  Rental Assistance through HUD's Multifamily programs, Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing properties
•  Housing Counseling
•  Signature programs – Promise Zones, Strong Cities Strong Communities and Rental Assistance Demonstration.
•  Census demographic information

 CART is available via and is responsive and mobile-friendly. 

Advancing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency 

Recipients HOME and CDBG grants are encouraged to integrate renewable energy generation and energy efficiency measures in their projects. These measures helps reduce energy costs, which can facilitate improved operations and maintenance, and HUD released a toolkit to help grantees integrate renewable energies into their project

 HUD and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a goal of generating 300 MW of energy through renewables for low-and-moderate income housing by 2020, and broadening the goal to include community and shared solar installations.  More information on HUD’s Renew 300 initiative can be found online here.

HUD also released a toolkit to help HOME and CDBG grantees integrate renewable energies into their projects that can be found on HUD’s website here.

Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations

The Community Development Division provides weekly updates on Davis Bacon Wage Rate (DBWR) Determination modifications for Montana. Following are the links to the Current, Advance Notice, and Archived State of Montana General Decision County Index for Davis-Bacon (Link).

Davis-Bacon Act Wage Determinations Due to be Revised (Link)

 Archived Davis-Bacon Act Wage Determinations (Link)

Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) Frequently Asked Questions (Link)

Department of Labor's Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Overview (Link)

Federal Labor Standards Requirements in Housing and Urban Development Programs (Link)

HUD Labor Standards and Enforcement OLR Library (Link)

U.S. Department of Labor Prevailing Wage Resource Book 2015 (PDF)

HUD Federal Labor Standards Provision Form 2010 (PDF)

Making Davis-Bacon Work: A Contractor's Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements for Federally-Assisted Construction Projects (PDF)

School Resources

American Honda Foundation

With the American Honda Foundation, public schools are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 to assist with projects that emphasize youth education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Grant applications are accepted four times each year and proposals should be submitted online.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education

Captain Planet Foundation

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is to support hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12. The Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow. Grants generally range from $250 to $2,500 and applications are accepted four times a year. Check the website  to see if your project is a good fit for the program.

Charles M. Bair Family Trust

The Charles M. Bair Family Trust grants funds to nonprofit organizations (including schools) and governmental entities operating in the State of Montana. The three counties of preference include Meagher County, Wheatland County and Yellowstone County. Grants are due on March 1 each year.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA provides several grant and fellowship opportunities for environmentally conscious development.

This clearinghouse website,, offers a variety of search categories to assist in finding federal grant opportunities that may be applicable to your project. For example, grants administered by the U.S. Dept of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy may be a good place to start.

Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program

Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program provides small grants of up to $2,500 for public schools that use volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools or materials.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education

Lowe's Toolbox For Education offers small grants between $2,000 and $5,000 for public schools for projects that involve facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) or for landscaping/clean up projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build community spirit are favored. The Spring 2011 grant cycle runs from October 25, 2010 through February 18, 2011.

Montana Coal Board

The Montana Coal Board provides funding to local governmental units (including school districts), state agencies, and tribal governments that have been impacted as a direct consequence of coal development or as a result of major decline in coal-related activity. The majority of funding goes to applicants within the Designated Coal Impact Area. School districts should contact Coal Board staff at the Montana Department of Commerce to find out if they are eligible to apply.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality offers several programs that may help address energy efficiency in schools. Visit the website to learn more about the Planning, Prevention and Assistance Division as well as Universal Systems Benefit (USB) funds for customers served by the Montana-Dakota Utility Company to see if they are applicable to your project. Also, be sure to read the additional information on tax incentives, loans, and building codes relating to energy efficiency.

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) website provides information on the Fuels for Schools and Beyond Program to promote and encourage the use of wood biomass as a renewable, natural resource to provide a clean, readily available energy source suitable for heat and power in public and private buildings. Grant funding may be available for planning, projects and pre-feasibility assessments. Visit the site for information about open and upcoming grant opportunities. Also visit the DNRC Conservation & Resource Development Division site to see if any of their grants apply to your project.

Montana Safe Routes to Schools

Montana Safe Routes to Schools is a Federally-funded, competitively awarded reimbursement program to make bicycling and walking to school safer and a more appealing transportation option.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

In 1998, the National Institute of Building Sciences created the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) to provide timely, comprehensive information on designing, building, and maintaining safe, healthy, high-performing schools.

Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Finance and Grants

Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Finance and Grants provides access to all areas of school funding including state entitlements and grant funding. 

State Farm Company Grants

Public schools may apply online for grants focusing on safety, community development and education (such as teacher development, service-learning, or systemic improvement) with the State Farm Company Grants. Limited funding is available for grants in other areas. The grant cycle is from January 2 through October 31. Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.

The Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI)

The Association for Learning Environments was first established in 1921 as the National Council on Schoolhouse Construction (NCSC) then becoming Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) in 1971. It took its current name in 2015. The Association for Learning Environments is the primary advocate and resource for effective educational facilities. We serve those who use, plan, design, construct, maintain, equip, and operate educational facilities.

Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP)

The Montana Department of Commerce's research findings, along with comments from local government officials and citizens, indicate that the principal reason why so many local public facilities are deficient is that most options for correcting deficiencies are simply not considered affordable by local residents. The Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) is a state-funded program that has been designed to help address that "affordability" problem by providing grants to lower the cost of constructing public facilities projects. School Districts will need to partner with a city, county, tribe or a water or sewer district in order to be eligible to apply for TSEP.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

The USDA Rural Development program provides Community Facility Grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities (such as schools) in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.

U.S. Department of Education

This U.S. Department of Education website lists all open grant competitions.  The Department also offers an extensive list of upcoming funding opportunities for every fiscal year.  The list is usually updated in November for the current fiscal year.

Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation offers grants for public schools in the areas of education, literacy, internet safety, and healthcare and accessibility. Grants are accepted online annually from January 1 through October 31.

Other Resources

Energy Efficiency Links

US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Alliance to Save Energy, Green Schools Program

Energy Star for K-12 School Districts

Facility Condition Inventory Information

Montana School Facility Condition Assessment - Final Report

Online Library of Montana School FCI Reports and Inspections

For information on the Facility Condition Inventory, contact:

Victoria Drummond, AICP, LEED, AP
Associate University Planner
Facilities Planning, Design & Construction

Montana Rebuild America Partnership Program

Montana Rebuild America Partnership Program helps schools planning any building construction, remodeling, or HVAC and lighting system/control improvements with interest in reducing operating costs, discomfort, and/or ventilation problems should visit this informational site and contact the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Clearinghouse at 1-800-DOE-EREC.

NorthWestern Energy

Northwestern Energy identifies several resources through its Efficiency Plus program that utility customers can utilize to reduce energy costs. These resources include Rebates and Incentives and Tax Credits and Deductions.

State of Montana File Transfer System


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