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ARPA AGRICULTURE INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT

The intent of the Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is to advance Montana's agricultural industry through targeted investments in value-added agriculture projects across the state. Grants will assist with the development of innovative agricultural business improvements to keep pace with a transforming agricultural industry, create new jobs, and expand business opportunities.

Background:

On October 27, 2021, the Economic Transformation, Stabilization and Workforce Development ARPA Commission voted unanimously to allocate $7.5 million in ARPA funds to strengthen and diversify Montana's industry through targeted investments in value added agriculture projects across the state.

Click Here to view ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Program Guidance

Funds Available

Total funds available for grant awards are $7.5 million. $3.75 million will be reserved for projects requesting more than $150,000. No proposal may request more than $450,000.

Matching Funds

Matching funds are required on all awards. Matching funds must be used toward completing the proposed project and may not come from another federal or state grant award .  The purpose of matching funds is to assure commitment and buy-in from the grant recipient.

  • The concept of matching funds is the same as sharing costs.
  • All matching funds must directly contribute to the project. 

Match Requirement

  • Awards equal to or less than $150,000 must be matched at $1 to $1
  • Awards from $150,001 and $300,000 must be matched at $2 to $1
  • Awards from $300,001 to $450,000 must be matched at $3 to $1

For matching funds, if you are requesting up to $150,000 in grant funds you must match with an equal amount of match dollars. Requests greater than $150,000 will be matched at a higher rate i.e.:

  • $2 match for $1 grant funds up to $300,000 and
  • $3 match to $1 grant funds up to $450,000.
EXAMPLES:  
Total amount of award requested = $27,000; matching funds required =$27,000
Total amount of award requested = $275,000; matching funds required =$550,000
Total amount of award requested = $450,000; matching funds required =$1,350,000

Timeline:

March 11, 2021: Expenses must have been incurred after this date to be allowable
Nov 8, 2021:  Call for concept papers

Dec 15, 2021: Concept paper deadline 5:00 PM MST
Dec 27, 2021:  Invite selected applicants to submit full proposals
February 28, 2022: Full application deadline 5:00 PM MST
March 25, 2022: Provide award recommendations to Commission
December 31, 2024: final day to incur expenses

Apply:

All Concept Papers and applications must be submitted through the State of Montana Amplifund Portal.

Click Here to apply

For Application Assistance

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Food and Agriculture Development Center Network ( www.foodandag.mt.gov) the Small Business Development Center Network ( www.sbdc.mt.gov) and/or their local economic development organization ( https://www.eda.gov/resources/economic-development-directory/states/mt.htm) as resources in developing their application.