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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
Wednesday, July 22   Post Funding Opportunity www.gta.mt.gov and www.funding.mt.gov
Wednesday, August 19 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 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 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 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Material Verification funding.mt.gov
Monday, December 7 2:00 p.m. Application Deadline funding.mt.gov
January 2021   Council Invitations Sent to Applicants Mail and Email
February 2021 TBD Agriculture Council Review Meeting MT Department of Agriculture - Helena
March 2021   Expected Announcement of Awarded Applicants Mail and Email

All times in Mountain Standard Time.


Technical Assistance:


Growth Through Agriculture News

Open Q&A Call for Growth Through Agriculture Program - November 23rd

GTA Application Deadline is December 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Open Q&A Call for Growth Through Agriculture Program - November 23rd

Montanans interested in creating or expanding their agricultural businesses are invited to apply for funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) grant program. These applicants are have the opportunity to join an open question and answer call with department staff prior to the application deadline which ends at 2:00 p.m. on December 7, 2020.

The Growth Through Agriculture Q & A Call will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020 using the information provided below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Call (406) 444-9999; Meeting ID 960 306 7171

Click to learn more and view the GTA program guidelines.

 

Funding Cycle Open for Growth Through Agriculture Grant & Loan Program

Application Deadline is December 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Funding Cycle Open for Growth Through Agriculture Grant & Loan Program

Montanans interested in creating or expanding their agricultural businesses are invited to apply for funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) grant program.

“Our Growth Through Agriculture program has a long history of helping Montana’s producers and small businesses add value, scale up, and access new markets,” said Director Ben Thomas. “Investing in the diversification and expansion of our ag industry strengthens the state’s economy overall, and I’m looking forward to seeing this next round of applications.”

Click to learn more and view the GTA program guidelines.

 

Documents to download

2021 Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant

Applications accepted through September 30, 2020

2021 Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant

The Office of Indian Country Economic Development is accepting applications to the fiscal year 2021 Indian Equity Fund (IEF) Small Business Grant program. Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2020. The purpose of this grant is to assist startup or expanding Native American businesses in Montana.

Awards for individual businesses can be up to $14,000 with a minimum dollar-to-dollar cash or in-kind match ($1:$1) and must be firmly committed and documented in the application. For more information, click here. 

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