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Grants to Montana Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Tribal Governments for Projects to Preserve Historic Structures

Montana Historic Preservation Grant (MHPG) Program


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Funding Source
Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Montana

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/13/23
Deadline: 02/29/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Montana nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, agencies, and Tribal governments for projects to preserve historic structures. Funding is intended for projects with local or regional significance. Goals of the program include economic development, community revitalization, and increased statewide tourism.

The MHPG Program is designed to support public or private entities with the preservation of historic sites, historical societies, or history museums through grant funding. The MHPG Program provides the opportunity to stimulate economic development, community revitalization, and statewide tourism through increased investment, job creation or retention, business expansion, and local tax base growth. Combined with such return on investment, the MHPG Program supports the preservation of Montana’s historic structures, sites, societies, and museums, contributing to the maintenance and demonstrating the economic impact of historical resources throughout the state. The MHPG Program coordinates with wider historic preservation technical assistance available and utilizes the diversity of funds to address both the financial and preservation gaps of projects. MHPG funds invest in the critical point to help projects move forward, catalyzing local revitalization and economic growth.

Eligible applicants can apply to complete projects or activities for the preservation of historic sites, historical societies, or history museums. Preservation activities include:

  1. Internal or external “brick-and-mortar” improvements that will address infrastructure, building renovation, maintenance, or building code issues
  2. Improvements that will enhance security, climate control, or fire protection; and
  3. Projects with a total cost over $50,000 may use up to 10% of grant funding for planning and/or grant administration costs that are directly related to the preservation activities 1. and 2.

For eligibility criteria for historic sites, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
A. Person
a. Individuals must apply through a fiscal agent, which is an association, or in coordination with a local government. The fiscal agent or local government will be the recipient of the grant award and becomes the legal applicant of record, manages the disbursement of grant funds in accordance with Commerce directions, and is responsible for all the requirements of the specific grant as outlined in a grant agreement between the applicant and Commerce. Commerce is not able to act as a fiscal agent for an individual applying to the MHPG Program.
i. *Private residences are encouraged to inquire with Commerce staff to ensure eligibility as referenced in 22-3-1306(2), MCA. MHPG projects must ensure that a significant portion of the facility be open to public access and use. Projects that confer only a private benefit are not eligible.
B. Association
a. For-profit, nonprofit, or not for profit organizations and businesses.
C. Governing Unit
a. Incorporated city or town, County, Consolidated government, State, and federal agencies.
b. Representative of a governing unit such as a library or school district, or
c. Tribal government i. A waiver of sovereign immunity will be required for a tribal government if MHPG funds are awarded.

Current MHPG grantees may apply for this grant.

Operational expenses are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
To support applicants, Commerce will host a MHPG Application Workshop on December 13, 2023. The workshop will provide an overview of the program, timeline, and environmental review process.

Click here to register for the Zoom Webinar:

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is February 29, 2024.

Awards will be made during the 2023 legislative session.

Under MEPA requirements all projects must hold a public meeting to discuss the project and its expected environmental determination level, and to respond to public comments.

Project funds are disbursed by submitting a request for funds and applicable invoices to Commerce.

A 20% match of the total project cost is required.

Only one application per project is permitted each application cycle. Applications from multiple eligible applicants for the same project in any given application cycle are not allowed.

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
Eligible applicants may apply for funding up to $500,000 per eligible project.

Term of Contract
MHPG grantees can incur eligible project costs once awarded funds through the 2025 legislative session.

Contact Information
To submit your application electronically, please go to

One electronic copy of the MHPG application, any relevant information (such as photos and National Register of Historic Preservation nominations), and associated documents (such as plans or design documents) must be submitted to Commerce:
Department of Commerce
301 South Park Ave.
PO Box 200523
Helena MT, 59620

If you have questions or need assistance preparing this form, please contact the Department of Commerce via email at or via phone at (406) 841-2770.

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