Indian Country Economic Development Program (ICED)
GRANTS FOR TRIBAL GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Montana Department of Commerce Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) grant program is intended to improve economic opportunities for the eight tribal governments in Montana. Since it's inception in the 59th Montana State Legislature the ICED program has supported ICED tribal government priority economic development projects, the Montana Indian Equity Fund, and the Montana Indian Entrepreneur Training.
Who Is Eligible
The governing bodies of each of Montana’s eight tribal governments are the only eligible applicants for tribal priority economic development projects.
A maximum of $70,000 per governing body is available in fiscal year 2014.
Eligible entities may use ICED funds to support a business enterprise if it will produce a positive economic benefit for the Tribe(s). In this context, a positive economic benefit is defined as the near-term creation or retention of job opportunities for Tribal members in Montana. Examples include:
- Business Development Projects
- Workforce Training Projects ($7,500/individual max per trained hire)
- Entrepreneurial Training
- Feasibility Study
- Other Business Development Projects
Minimum matching funds required to receive funding are $1 to $1. Match can be cash or in-kind, and may be modified by the Department, in its sole discretion.
Submitted applications must include appropriate authorization for application to the program by the tribal government according to established tribal governmental procedures (i.e. tribal council resolution or authorization of the chief elected official of the executive branch, whichever is applicable.)
Applications may be submitted anytime after July 25, 2013 and are due on or before December 6, 2013.
How to Apply
To apply for any ICED Program funding, the eligible applicant must complete the application found on the ICED website at http://iced.mt.gov on or before December 6, 2013. The application consists of the Application (Appendix A) and a Tribal Resolution.
The applicant must print and fill out the application form using typewritten font, or fill out the application online and print the completed application form. The completed application and supplementary materials must then be submitted by email or mail to:
ICED Program Manager
Montana Department of Commerce
301 S. Park Avenue
PO Box 200505
Helena MT 59620-0505
Phone: (406) 841-2775
Fax: (406) 841-2731
Applicants are encouraged to contact the ICED Program Manager with any questions they have concerning these guidelines or the application process. The ICED Program is committed to assisting all Tribal governments apply for Program funding.