INDIAN COUNTRY PROGRAMS

The Office of Indian Country Economic Development at the Montana Department of Commerce offers a variety of technical assistance and grant programs targeted towards economic development 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. 

Current grant applications, reporting forms, or opportunities will be listed below.  Scroll down to find the appropriate submission link and click on 'Submit' to begin the online process.  First time users of the Submittable™ platform will be prompted to create a required profile for application submission.  For additional information on each announcement, click on the 'More' down arrow button next to each announcement.

Please complete the FINAL reporting form for your MILP activities under your MT-MILP-20-XX contract.
The reporting periods are:

Request for Funds Form can be uploaded with your FINAL report.  (You must enable editing to make changes in the form.)  The total amount that can be requested when submitting these reports are in Section 9.  AMOUNT OF GRANT AND METHOD OF REIMBURSEMENT of your contract.  

  • Final Report Payment will be made if the project demonstrates completion and language product "deliverables" have been submitted to the Montana Historical Society. 

Please contact Billie LeDeau if you have any questions: billie.ledeau@mt.gov, (406) 841-2754 or (406) 439-6437.

If you are currently managing a Tribal Business Planning Grant contract, please complete this online Tribal Business Planning Grant Final Report Form.  This report will cover activities and expenditures for the entire grant contract period (from application to contract expiration date).

After reviewing your contact information, select the 'Save Address and Continue' button.

When completing the report, you can select 'Submit' if you are ready to submit, or 'Save As Draft' if you need additional sessions to complete the report.

Remember to submit a final payment request with this report if the project is ready to close out.

 If you are currently managing a Native American Business Advisor (NABA) grant contract, please complete this online FINAL NABA Grant Report Form.  This report will cover activities and expenditures for the period of January 1, 2020 to May 15, 2020 (or August 31, 2020 if you received an extension).
After reviewing your contact information, select the 'Save Address and Continue' button.
There is a total of 26 questions, though some of the questions are optional.  When completing the report, you can select 'Submit' if you are ready to submit, or 'Save As Draft' if you need additional sessions to complete the report.
 Remember to submit a payment request with this report if activities and expenditures have progressed as planned and reported. 

If you are currently managing a Tribal Business Planning Grant contract, please complete this online Tribal Business Planning Grant Final Report Form.  This report will cover activities and expenditures for the entire grant contract period (from application to contract expiration date).


After reviewing your contact information, select the 'Save Address and Continue' button.


There is a total of 15 questions, though some of the questions are optional.  When completing the report, you can select 'Submit' if you are ready to submit, or 'Save As Draft' if you need additional sessions to complete the report.


Remember to submit a final payment request with this report if the project is ready to close out.

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 $20,000 per year is available to fund up to eight NABA applications in each of tribal nation areas.

Click here for more information in the GUIDELINES:  https://marketmt.com/_shared/ICED/docs/2022-NABA-Guidelines.pdf

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.

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

NABA Activity and Timeline Form (describing the CLIENTS, EVENTS, AND ACTIVITIES on a monthly basis that the applicant intends to provide with the NABA funding.  Copy and paste the following web address in your browser to download the Excel Form: https://marketmt.com/_shared/ICED/docs/NABA-Project-Activity-Timeline-Form.xlsx


Questions? Contact Luke Robinson: luke.robinson@mt.gov (406) 841-2775.

You will upload all of your TRIBAL TOURISM DIGITAL BUSINSS DEVELOPMET GRANT payment/reimbursement requests through this form.  Please review the following instructions prior to submission:

Please 'batch' your payment request(s) so that when you submit, you are submitting the least number of possible requests to utilize the funding.   

You will only have until March 2022 to expend your grant.  By batching your payment requests, it will help expedite our payment review and spend down process.  Please do the following in the payment batching process:

1) Include your name, contract number, and business name on documents:  For any documentation you submit, your name, the business name, and contract number need to be included on the documents.

2) W-9 needed for payment to grantee and for vendors we pay on your behalf:  For payments that you would like us to pay directly to you as the grantee, we will need a W-9 form.
For payments that you would like us to pay directly to the vendor on your behalf, we will need a W-9 form and Electronic Transfer Form from the vendor and contact information to complete the transaction on your behalf.

3) Quotes or purchase orders (POs) must be followed up with actual purchase receipts:  If you submit a purchase order, or quote to initiate us making the purchase on your behalf, you will need to submit a follow up document with a final invoice or receipt.  Any unverified purchases will need to be repaid back to the State of Montana.

4) Payment preferences:

  • The Program's preferred payment method to you as the grantee and/or the vendor is by Electronic Funds Transfer for documented expenditures.  
  • The second preference is to make a credit card purchase on your behalf.  
  • The least preferred option (as it takes many more steps, takes more time, and can be complicated and problematic) is to make a warrant (check) payment to you or a vendor on your behalf.  

5) Align payment requests with your application and contract:  Make sure that either the reimbursement or payment on your behalf are for items that directly relate to your contract (Section 7. Budget) and your application.
Please Note Problematic Vendors: Vendors that we have found to be problematic to make payments on behalf of grantees are:

  • Apple Store
  • Amazon
  • Out of state Vendors/Corporations

6) Contact  If you have questions on the payment process, please email doctribal@mt.gov. 

Please retain a copy of this form for your records.

If needed, our address is:

Office of Indian Country Economic Development 

Montana Department of Commerce

PO Box 200505 

Helena MT 59620-0505

Montana Dept. of Commerce - Indian Country Programs