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Funding Programs

As the Bicentennial nears, many communities and organizations around Montana are planning projects, festivals and interpretive establishments to honor the Lewis & Clark Expedition. One major concern for such plans is funding. The following inventory of various funding programs was developed to aid Montana in its goals for the Bicentennial by addressing funding concerns. Listed here are a number of agency funding programs and grant programs.

  • Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission Grants Program
    As part of their respective missions, the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission, the Montana Department of Commerce - Travel Montana and several other organizations partnered their financial resources to offer grants to qualified non-profit organizations undertaking Lewis & Clark-related projects in preparation for the 200-year anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition through Montana.

    Press releases on past years' grant awards are avaliable below.

    See 2004 Local Grants Awarded for a summary of the remaining grants awarded in February 2004.

    See 2003 Local Grants Awarded for a summary of the remaining grants awarded in June 2003.

    See 2003 Local Grants Awarded for a summary of the 5 initial grants awarded in February 2003.

    See 2002 Local Grants Awarded for a summary of the 13 grants awarded in 2002.

    See 2001 Local Grants Awarded for a summary of the 13 grants awarded in 2001.

    See 2000 Local Grants Awarded for a summary of the 17 grants awarded in 2000.

  • National Park Service - FY2006 Challenge Cost Share Program
    The National Park Service announced in October the 2006 Challenge Cost Share program for the L&C National Historic Trail. The program will distribute matching funds to non-federal organizations for projects that educate the public about the L&C story and preserve the resources of the National Historic Trail, including projects that commemorate the bicentennial of the historic expedition. Local communities, states, Indian Tribes and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for the funds. Application packets and more information may be obtained from the NPS website, or from Richard Williams, Chief, Resource Management, 402-661-1830, toll free 888-237-3252, or On-line applications must be submitted by January 20, 2006. Note: The list of 2006 NPS CCS Grant Awards is now available on line.

  • National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
    The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has created a Tribal Tourism Toolkit for the L&C Bicentennial and as well as other opportunities. This resource also lists tourism-related financial and technical resources available to tribes. The Toolkit can be downloaded by clicking on Toolkit or contact Jana Prewitt, Project Consultant at (703)799-7845 to obtain a copy.

  • Montana Dept. of Transportation - Community Transportation Enhancement program (CTEP)
    The Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) funds transportation related projects that are designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of Montana's intermodal transportation system. The CTEP allows for the implementation of a variety of non-traditional projects. To obtain complete information on MDT's CTEP program, please click on the following link: CTEP or contact Ross Tervo (406) 444-9209, email:

  • Recreational Trails Program Funding - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
    Funding to create, complete, renovate or maintain recreational trails in Montana is available from the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Montana's portion of the Recreational Trails Program funding over the next two years is expected to total $1.6 million. FWP's Parks Division administers these federal funds with advice from the citizen's State Trails Advisory Committee.

    Recreational Trails funds can be used for all types of trails, including non-motorized, motorized, multiple use, community, rural and backcountry. Special projects can include trails education and information brochures, interpretive signs and materials and noxious weed control on trails. Public agencies and private trail clubs are eligible to receive money from this program. FWP also provides advice and assistance with trail design and management.

    The Grant Application and Guidelines can be downloaded from FWP's web page. To request a hard copy, call FWP at (406) 444-4585 or (406) 444-7642 and leave a message with your name and address.

  • Land and Water Conservation Funding through Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks
    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking project proposals from local public outdoor recreation programs that would qualify for federal Land & Water Conservation funding. Typical facilities eligible for funding include ball fields, campgrounds, golf courses, ice-skating ponds, picnic facilities, tennis courts, playground equipment, and hiking trails..

    Information about the LWCF program or a grant application packet may be obtained by calling (406) 444-3750. Grant Applications can be downloaded from FWP's web page.

  • Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Funding through Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks
    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has funds available for grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to maintain existing off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails, including education, signage and noxious weed control. The grants are funded by the gasoline tax and OHV registration fees.

    Information about the OHV Trails program or a grant application packet may be obtained by calling (406) 444-7317 or by e-mail at The Grant Application and Guidelines can be downloaded from FWP's web page.

  • Special Events Grants Program - Montana Department of Commerce
    The purpose of the Special Events Grant Program (SEGP) is to create annual, sustainable economic development through the creation and/or substantial enhancement of an event. Eligible items for funding fall into one of three categories of events: 1) attendance events; 2) cultural or historic events; or 3) sporting events.

    The Special Events Grant Program (SEGP) was developed in 2002. Montana communities, nonprofit organizations and tribal governments sponsoring or planning annual special event projects are once again invited to apply for $50,000 in state tourism "bed tax" grant funds available from the Montana Department of Commerce's Special Events Grants Program (SEGP). For more information, contact Carol Crockett, 406-841-2796, email:

  • Travel Montana / Department of Commerce
    Tourism-Related Infrastructure Grant Programs

    Travel Montana's Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP) provides grant funding for non-profit project sponsors or cummunities to facilitate the development of new tourism-related infrastructure products, the enhancement of existing tourism facilities, and the preservation of Montana's historical and cultural treasures. The primary goal of this program is to create or improve attractions and services that will entice visitors to spend more time and money in Montana's communities.

    The 2006 Application for TIIP grants is ready for your use. The application, program guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are availble electronically at TIIP Eligibility, Requirements and Contact Information. If you prefer a hard copy of the application, contact Travel Montana's Victor Bjornberg, (406) 841-2795, or email: .

    The deadline for submiting a completed TIIP Application is Monday, August 1, 2006, by 5 p.m. This means the application needs to be in our office by this time in order to be eligible for consideration. The Montana Commerce Department’s Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP) will have $200,000 available for tourism-related “brick and mortar” projects in 2006.

  • Travel Montana / Department of Commerce
    Community Tourism Assessment Program (CTAP)

    Montana's Community Tourism Assessment Program (CTAP): Montana communities interested in assessing their tourism potential and identifying feasible projects that can strengthen the role of tourism in their area are invited to apply for the 2005/2006 session of Montana Commerce Department's Community Tourism Assessment Program (CTAP).

    Three communities will be selected for the upcoming session of the program. Two CTAP participation slots will be reserved for rural communities, those less than 15,000 population, and one slot is reserved for an urban community. The final mix of urban and rural communities participating in the program will depend on the number of applications.

    CTAP is a 9-month "self help" program offered Montana communiteis by MSU Extension, Montana Commerce Department's Travel Montana program and the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Program. Local community action committees use the process and its facilitation services to analyze local resident attitudes about and interest in tourism, their community's tourism potential, gaps in visitor services, and the identification of affordable projects or actions that could strengthen the role of tourism in the local economy.

    CTAP applications are available by calling Travel Montana, 841-2795, or by downloading the forms and guidelines from Travel Motnana's Intranet site: CTAP Eligibility, Requirements and Contact Information. For more information, contact Travel Montana's Victor Bjornberg, 841-2795, email:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities - Challenge Grants Program
    NEH Special Initiative for Local History grants help institutions strengthen their ability to sustain long-term humanities programs in local history. Awards are made to historical societies and historic sites, museums, public libraries, and other nonprofit entities including colleges, community colleges, and universities. Application materials can also be obtained by calling 202/606-8446, sending an email to, or writing NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20506.

    For more information, including application deadlines, go to Challenge Grants Program Application Information

  • USDA Forest Service
    State and Private Forestry Grant Programs

    Helping Communities Commemorate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
    State and Private Forestry Focus - Our goal is to work with public and private partners to help maintain and improve America's forest and rural communities. We provide financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations, and other key partners.

    Eligibility and Requirements

  • U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
    Challenge Cost Share Program

    The BLM has established a variety of partnership agreements with various state and local agencies, non-profit organizations, communities, educational institutions, corporations, individuals and other groups. The Challenge Cost Share Program is a voluntary collaboration with its partners, working together towards a common objective that includes matching contributions with non-federal funds from all partners, of which the total funding is used to complete on-the-ground initiatives. The non-federal match can take the form of cash contributions labor, travel expenses, but cannot include overhead costs or partnership development.

    Selection of cost-share partnerships is focused on BLM-managed lands, specifically in the areas of recreation site management that reduces risk to public health and safety; decreases environmental degradation; provides recreation facilities that meet use requirements, improves the quality and diversity of the resources and delivers environmental stewardship messages.

    For more information, contact: Richard Fichtler at (406) 329-3884
    Or send written inquiries to:
    BLM Attn: Richard Fichtler
    Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Coordinator
    BLM, Montana/Dakotas State Office
    3255 Fort Missoula Road
    Missoula, MT 59804
    Phone: (406) 329-3884
    Fax: (406) 329-3721

  • CAT
    We are finally on-line with Conservation Assistance Tools (CAT), a searchable database of grants, cost sharing, and technical assistance available for natural resources projects in the western United States. It is designed to help local cummunities, nonprofits, and government agencies reach the information, potential partners, and financial support needed to accomplish grassroots conservation projects in the West.

    This database has over 1100 different grant and technical assistance sources for 16 western states, including all the FWS Region 6 States. This is the culmination of three years of effort on the part of the eight federal, state and nonprofit partners, and we are excited about the potential uses of this information.

    Here's where you find it:

    The database resides on the server of the Sonoran Institute, a nonprofit organization in Tucson, Arizona. When you got to the address above, you will start at the Sonoran Institute homepage. At the bottom of the page is a jigsaw puzzle with the title, Conservation Assistance Tools. Click the puzzle or the title and follow the instructions. A good place to start is with the User Guide. To find out about the partners, check out About Cat and to get fund raising ideas, peruse Project Tips.

  • Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Sourcebook
    Visit this on-line sourcebook for information about potential sources of financial and technical assistance for Bicentennial projects. The Sourcebook has been compiled to assist States, Tribes, and communities in locating potential, existing sources of Federal, State, and philanthropic support for Bicentennial projects. While this is by no means an exhaustive compilation of the existing programs that could be used in connection with the Bicentennial commemoration, the Sourcebook contains more than 250 entries from a wide variety of Federal and State government agencies and philanthropic organizations.

    The Sourcebook can be found at

  • Federal Save America's Treasures Grants
    The Federal Save America's Tresures Grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Natioal Endowment for the arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

    Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites. Intellectual and cultural artifacts include artifacts, collections, documents, sculpture, and works of art. Historic structures and sites include historic districts, sites, buildings, structuers, and objects. Grants are awarded through a competitive process. For more details, please visit their website at




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