Reclamation and Development Grants Planning Grants (US)
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (Montana DNRC) has launched a call for applications for its Reclamation and Development Grants Planning Grants. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) manages the Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) to fund projects that indemnify the people of the state for the effects of mineral development on public resources and that meet other crucial needs to protect Montana’s environment. Crucial state need projects must serve the public interest and the total environment of the citizens of Montana.
The purposes of the reclamation and development grants program are to:
repair, reclaim, and mitigate environmental damage to public resources from nonrenewable resource extraction; and,
develop and ensure the quality of public resources for the benefit of all Montanans.
The purpose of the RDGP planning grant program is to assist local governments with planning and preparation for these types of projects.
Grants may be awarded for any amount up to $ 50,000, depending on the intended planning activities. Applicants must demonstrate that funding is not available through other reasonable sources. Matching funds are not required, but applications will be evaluated on the amount of match funding. Match funds may be in-kind contributions. An applicant may submit planning grant applications for more than one project.
Examples of Projects
Planning activities that lead to RDGP project grant application
Site assessment and sampling
Feasibility or design studies
Research or technology demonstration
Grant writing for natural resource cleanup grants and RDGP Project Grants
Applicant Eligibility: Reclamation and Development Grants Program planning grants are available to city, county, or other local political subdivisions or Tribal governments within the state. Federal agencies, private corporations, non-profits and individuals are ineligible to receive RDGP planning grant funding.
Proposed planning grants must plan for projects that will provide benefits in one of two categories:
Mineral development reclamation projects must:
Reclaim land, water or other resources adversely affected by mineral development; gold
Mitigate damage to public resources caused by mineral development; gold
Research, demonstrate, or provide technical assistance to promote the wise use of Montana minerals; gold
Investigate and remediate sites where hazardous wastes or regulated substances threaten public health or the environment; gold
Research to assess existing or potential environmental damage resulting from mineral development.
Crucial state need: Projects that meet a crucial state need must prevent or eliminate severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources or capture extraordinary public benefit that would otherwise be lost. They must have a regional or statewide importance. Public benefit from implementation of this type of project must directly relate to natural resources.
For more information, visit http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/resource-development/reclamation-and-development-grants-program