20 Montana Towns, Cities and Counties Share $947,000 of Grant Funding

For over 30 years, one program in the state of Montana has been helping towns, cities and counties with funding through the Department of Commerce.  The program, entitled the Montana Coal Endowment Fund (MCEF), includes monies to develop and plan infrastructure projects.

This year, the MCEF funding totals $947,000 dollars for 20 areas across the state to help with those projects.  Central Montana will see several towns and cities benefit from this year's grants.

Increasing Health and Safety Are the Main Goals in These Areas

According to the state website, Galen Steffens, Commerce’s Community MT Division Administrator said:

For over 30 years, Commerce’s MCEP program has made it more affordable for Montana communities to develop local infrastructure projects by providing grant funding that lowers the cost of public facility construction.  The grants we’re announcing today will help improve the health and safety of our neighbors who live in these areas.

Many times, those projects can be costly endeavors for smaller towns to complete.  The State-funded MCEP program is designed to help address the affordability of local infrastructure projects by providing grants to lower the cost of constructing public facilities.

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Central Montana Towns to Receive Funding with MCEP

Locally in central Montana, several towns were able to secure grants to help with infrastructure projects.

  • The City of Choteau will receive $40,000 of MCEP planning grant funding to complete a capital improvements plan.
  • The Town of Dutton will receive $35,000 of MCEP planning grant funding to complete a water system preliminary engineering report.
  • The Town of Fairfield will receive $40,000 of MCEP planning grant funding to complete a wastewater system preliminary engineering report (PER) and $40,000 to complete a water system PER.
  • The City of Shelby will receive $36,000 of MCEP planning grant funding to complete a water system preliminary engineering report.

A full report of all areas that received grant funding is listed on the Montana State Government webpage here.

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