The Montana DNRC announces 3 new woody biomass utilization grants

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announces 3 new Woody Biomass Utilization GrantsTarget Community Biomass Project Planning Grants

Eligible Applicants: private businesses, public entities, state and local governments, institutions, tribal and non-profit entities.
Eligible Areas: within 50 air mile radius of one of the Target Communities of Butte, Bozeman or Superior. The biomass user or processing facility must be located within the general vicinity (i.e. 50 air miles) of one of the Target Communities, or the source of biomass material for the project must come from forest treatments within the general vicinity of one of the Target Communities.
Eligible Activities: feasibility study, planning, design or permitting of small-diameter wood/woody biomass utilization projects.
Award Available: Ranges $9,000-$10,000
Submission Deadline: June 7, 2012

Western Regional Biomass Project Planning Grants

Eligible Applicants: private businesses, public entities, state and local governments, institutions, tribal and non-profit entities.
Eligible Areas: see map in application details
Eligible Activities: feasibility study, planning, design or permitting of small-diameter wood/woody biomass utilization projects.
Award Available: $60,000
Submission Deadline: June 7, 2012

Statewide Woody Biomass Utilization Grant

Eligible Applicants: private businesses, public entities, state and local governments, institutions, tribal and non-profit entities.
Eligible Areas: statewide
Eligible Activities: purchase of equipment, construction costs; pre-construction costs such as planning, design and permitting work associated with woody biomass utilization projects; and technical and economic feasibility studies.
Award Available: $55,000 anticipated
RFP Announcement Date: Summer/Fall 2012 anticipated

Application details for these and other grants currently advertised can be found here: http://dnrc.mt.gov/Forestry/Assistance/Biomass/FinAsst/FinAsst.asp

Recent recipients of DNRC Biomass Grants

Biomass Energy Pre-Feasibility Assessments Grant:

  • Broadwater Health Center
  • East Helena Public Schools
  • Hamilton School District
  • Laurel Public Schools
  • Plains Public Schools

Regional Biomass Planning Grant:

  • F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber
  • International BioMass Group

Biomass Fuel Purchase Grant:

  • Clark Fork Valley Hospital
  • Mineral Community Hospital
  • Treasure State Correctional Training Center

Carbon Offsets

  • Clark Fork Valley Hospital
  • Mineral Community Hospital

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