Gov. Steve Bullock announced communities and school districts impacted by the growth or decline of natural resource development can now apply for a portion of $21.5 million in funds for needed infrastructure investments.

“Investing in Montana’s communities and schools is essential for continued economic growth, the support of good-paying jobs, and for educating the future leaders of Montana,” Bullock said. “I’m encouraging local communities and school districts to get their applications submitted so we can get to work on critical infrastructure projects across the state.”

The idea for the Delivering Local Assistance program was first proposed by Bullock as part of his 2019 budget proposal. The program was included in the $400 million infrastructure investment package passed by the 2019 Legislature and signed by Bullock to assist local governments impacted by growth or decline associated with coal, oil or gas development and alleviate infrastructure strains.

Delivering Local Assistance focuses grant dollars to local governments and school districts for a range of infrastructure projects including water, sewer, bridge, public safety, government administration and schools.

Community Development Division at the Montana Department of Commerce is administering the new infrastructure program. Interested communities and school districts can apply for grant funds until Sept. 30, 2019. Awards will be made in the fall of 2019.

Application materials and more details can be found at comdev.mt.gov.

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