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2020 Growth Through Agriculture Program

The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through the development of new agricultural products and processes. Examples of eligible project activities involve equipment purchases, construction costs, advertising and promotion, and consultant services for engineering. The GTA program is administered by the Agriculture Development Council (Council) which is attached to the Department of Agriculture.

Award Amounts:

  • Grants up to $50,000
  • Loans up to $100,000

 *Please NOTE - this will be the only application deadline for Growth Through Agriculture for fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 - June 2021).*

It is recommended that you begin working on your application as early as possible. For assistance in planning your project and working on your application, please contact your local Food and Agriculture Development Center Network www.foodandag.mt.gov or Small Business Development Center sbdc.mt.gov by September 1, 2020 for the best possible assistance.

Application Deadlines:

  • Funding Opportunity Open: July 22, 2020
  • Deadline for Confirmation Check*: November 30, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
    * If you would like to receive confirmation from the Department prior to the deadline that all items have been received before the deadline, submit your application by no later than November 30 to allow time to check for completion and time to respond to any technical issues you may have prior to the application deadline.
  • Application Deadline: December 7, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
  • Click here to apply

Important Dates

Date Time Event Venue
July 22, 2020   Post Funding Opportunity.

www.gta.mt.gov &

funding.mt.gov
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #1 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #2 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Monday, November 23, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #3 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Monday, November 30, 2020 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Material Verification funding.mt.gov
Monday, December 7, 2020 2:00 p.m. Application Deadline

funding.mt.gov

December 2020   Council Proposal Review & Scoring  
January 2021   Council Invitations Sent to Scoring Applicants Email & Letter
February 2021 – Date TBA  TBA Agriculture Council Review Meeting TBA
March 2020   Expected announcement of selected applications By Mail & Email

Technical Assistance:


Growth Through Agriculture News

Grown in Montana Holiday Gift Guide is Now Available

16 Grown in MT companies featured in Grown in Montana Holiday Gift Guide

Grown in Montana Holiday Gift Guide is Now Available

The Montana Department of Agriculture recognizes that supporting Montana food and agriculture businesses by shopping local is more important now than ever before. To connect holiday shoppers with Grown in Montana products, our marketing staff has compiled a list of 16 Montana companies offering a variety of gift items.

Click here to view the Grown in Montana Holiday Gift Guide.

Documents to download

Tourism Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

2021 Tourism Grant Program application cycle open from October 12 - November 30, 2020

Tourism Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

The application cycle for Tourism Grants is now open. The 2021 application cycle will accept applications from eligible entities from October 15 - November 30, 2020.

The Tourism Grant Program funds projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of Montana’s tourism and recreation industry. A total of $750,000 is available for projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products that have the potential to increase non-resident visitation.

Click here to learn more or to apply for a grant.

Governor Bullock Announces $4.2 Million of Additional Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Meat Processing Infrastructure Grants

40 additional meat processing businesses to receive support to boost in-state processing and increase storage capacity

Governor Bullock Announces $4.2 Million of Additional Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Meat Processing Infrastructure Grants

Governor Steve Bullock today announced $4.2 million in additional funds have been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant (MMPIG) program to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adaptation and advancement of meat processing infrastructure and capacity in Montana.

“The meat processing infrastructure grant program received an incredible amount of interest, which goes to show just how crucial these investments are for Montana,” Governor Bullock said. “Our hardworking producers need to have viable markets for selling their livestock. These grants allow meat processors to expand their capacity to meet increased demand for local meat and protect consumers from future supply chain disruptions.”

The grant program previously awarded $7.5 million to 62 different processors across the state in early August, making the total awards for meat processing nearly $12 million.

Click here to view the full MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Program award recipient list.

Documents to download

Growth Through Agriculture Program
Phone : (406) 444-0134
E-mail : gta@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601