The Indian Country Programs at the Montana Department of Commerce offers a variety of technical assistance and grant programs targeted towards economic development for projects that strengthen the economy and languages of tribal nations in Montana through the development and enhancement of business opportunities and tribal languages on reservations, in tribal communities, and for Native American businesses. 

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Current and Upcoming Funding Opportunities:

  • Native American Business Advisor (NABA) Grant application period June 21 to July 31, 2018
  • Indian Equity Fund application period July 1 to September 28, 2018
  • Tribal Business Planning Grant application period July 1 to September 28, 2018

Additional information can be found in our program guidelines at:

The Native American Business Advisors (NABAs) Grant is a fund to support the activities of Native American community-based organizations, tribal colleges, and tribal government organizations that support private sector business development on reservations and in tribal communities. These entities offer business counseling and credit counseling, and application support to Native American businesses in Montana. The NABAs are a key community asset necessary in the development and success of Native American businesses. To develop this asset, the Program is focused on increasing the technical capacity of the NABA network such as assisting individuals in business start-up, marketing, utilization of business resources, and commercial loan application assistance. Additionally, NABAs will also provide more robust application assistance to the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant applicants. A total of $15,000 per year is available to fund up to eight NABA applications in each of tribal nation areas. 


Eligible applicants include local Native American development organizations that have offered technical assistance services to pre-venture and established Native American businesses in Montana. Additionally, those organizations that have been awarded NABA grants in the past must either demonstrate a history of submitting timely reports and meeting required performance targets or must provide a detailed plan demonstrating a commitment to meeting reporting, capacity building, and performance targets. 


Organizations that are awarded a NABA grant for fiscal year 2018 and meet both performance and reporting requirements for fiscal year 2018 will be eligible to renew their grant for fiscal year 2019 without submitting a new application for an additional $15,000. NABA contracts that do not meet reporting or performance requirements can be terminated within 30 days of notice if corrective action is not taken. If contracts are terminated and/or funds are returned, they can be awarded to contracted NABA organizations with an expanded scope of work. 

NABA Grant Forms (to be filled out and submitted with online application):

Information to gather before starting the application:

  • Key personnel resumes
  • Download the forms above and complete for upload

A full copy of the guidelines can be obtained at: