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Grants to Montana Agencies for Capital Projects to Improve
the Infrastructure of Agricultural Irrigation Systems

ARPA Water and Sewer Grant - Irrigation Grant Program

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) - American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 - Montana Infrastructure Advisory Commission

Deadline Date:

01/14/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Montana local government agencies for capital projects to improve the infrastructure of agricultural irrigation systems. Funding may be used to improve the efficiency of an irrigation system, implement system upgrades, and replace or improve existing structures. Eligible projects are those that provide water quality benefits.

This ARPA program will help improve Montana’s irrigation infrastructure while providing water quality benefits. Agricultural irrigation is irrigation specifically for agricultural cropland. Agricultural irrigation projects must provide a water quality benefit.

Improvements include work that is to be done on existing irrigation infrastructure that includes the following AND provide a water quality benefit. Eligible projects are those that:

  • Repair, replacement, or reconstruction of existing structures, such as a structure designed to divert surface water;
  • Provide upgrades to a system including adding an impermeable liner to an unlined irrigation canal and structures, vegetation, or managerial controls designed to prevent sediment, nutrient, or temperature pollution from irrigation tailwater; or
  • Convert system to a more efficient irrigation system.

The types of projects eligible for CWSRF assistance include projects to construct, improve, and repair wastewater treatment plants; control non-point sources of pollution; improve resilience of infrastructure to severe weather events; create green infrastructure; and protect waterbodies from pollution. Planning and design are considered eligible uses of funds under the CWSRF program.

For more information on eligible projects, see the following link: http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/docs/arpa/arpa-irrigation-grant-application-guidance-v2-11-12-21.pdf#page=8

For more information on eligible uses of funds, see the following link: http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/docs/arpa/arpa-irrigation-grant-application-guidance-v2-11-12-21.pdf#page=10

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200463

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

All Irrigation Grant Program awards will be capped at $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Eligible project expenses fall within March 3, 2021 to December 31, 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants - "Local government" means any city, county, consolidated city-county, school district, or other political subdivision or local government body of the state, including an authority as defined in 75-6-304, water district, sewer district, irrigation district, water users association*, conservation district, or tribal government. HB 632 § 2
*Water Users Associations - HB 632 includes “water users associations” as eligible entities to apply for competitive grant funds. Pursuant to ARPA, those associations must be private nonprofit organizations that:
(A) have no part of the net earnings which inures to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual;
(B) have a voluntary board;
(C) have an accounting system, or has designated a fiscal agent in accordance with requirements established by the Secretary; and
(D) practice nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance. Water Users Associations that apply for Irrigation Competitive Grants will be asked to provide documentation of the private nonprofit status and the above conditions as a condition of eligibility.

Projects that fall under the following CWSRF categories are ineligible for the Irrigation Competitive Grant program:
• Centralized Wastewater Treatment
• Energy and Water Conservation – only applies to Publicly Owned Treatment Works
• Decentralized Wastewater Treatment
• Resource Extraction or Contaminated Sites
• Landfills

The following tasks are ineligible for reimbursement:
- Activities outside of the scope of work including salaries/wages, travel, conferences and other expenses not directly related to the project.
- Costs incurred outside eligible term.
- Routine maintenance and operation, as well as tasks that are programmatic in nature.
- Routine compliance monitoring expenses.
- Indirect costs (for example, facilities or overhead).
- Prepay anticipated costs of future activity.
- Costs paid for with loan funds.

For further funding restrictions, see the following link: http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/docs/arpa/arpa-irrigation-grant-application-guidance-v2-11-12-21.pdf#page=13

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Due: January 14 at 5:00 PM

HB 632 § 2 and § 3 requires that local governments provide matching funds in order to be eligible for water and sewer grants. Matching contributions may be in the form of in-kind services or cash from local, state or federal sources.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis.

FAQs: https://montana.servicenowservices.com/arpa?kb_id=de5325be1b80f4100b73a8efe54bcb03&id=kb_home

Tools and Resources: https://arpa-mtdnrc.hub.arcgis.com/pages/tools-resources

Grant Training Recording: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/rec/share/Il3Piik-vLvuhe8b-g82XdS0Q1B2gnqA6Wtg5zArvy9l7jREyhMLRRdS2kqoIubn.j1LMqVcqi1o3sIXh

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://grants.dnrc.mt.gov/submit/59d39094-d1af-4bf5-8bb4-4ea71f7332bd/arpa-irrigation-application/eligibility

Technical assistance: https://arpa-mtdnrc.hub.arcgis.com/pages/commerce

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