INDIAN COUNTRY PROGRAMS

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 Funding Opportunities:

  • Montana Indian Youth Small Business Naming and Logo Competition (prizes for top three in logo submissions and top three in program name submissions.  The deadline has been extended from the original April 17, 2017 deadline)
  • Montana Indian Youth Small Business Program ($18,750 per tribal government or designee)
  • State Tribal Economic Development Commission Indian Equity Fund (amount varies per tribal government or designee) 

PURPOSE:  The State Tribal Economic Development Commission is asking students to help create a logo and name for its new Montana Indian Youth Small Business Program.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: The naming contest is open to students from all Montana tribal high schools and colleges.

Participating students are being asked to develop a name and/or logo that reflects the newly-approved small business internship program aimed at growing opportunities for young Native Americans in private sector business and business development in Indian Country.

The winners will be selected by the State Tribal Economic Development Commission on May 8, 2017.  Prizes will go to the top three winners for the naming of the program and top three winners for the logo contest. The first prize winners will receive an expense-paid trip to and recognition at the Innovate Montana Symposium in Billings, Montana on July 12-13, 2017 and an iPad.

DEADLINES:  The contest deadline has been extended from April 17, 2017 to May 7, 2017. 

Please contact Margaret Cook at 406-841-2754, 406-459-5801 (work cell) or e-mail at MCook@mt.gov for any additional information.

This grant program is designed to give Native youth (high school and college) an opportunity to intern with local businesses to learn with small businesses in their interest area that will result in building business acumen, including experience in managing a business, improving communication and customer service skills, and fostering better understanding and deeper appreciation of success in tribal small business.Additionally, the program intends to leverage the unique perspectives and skills sets of Native youth to grow and diversify operational, marketing and product development for private sector businesses.

Download the forms above, complete, and save for upload.  A full copy of the guidelines can be obtained at: http://marketmt.com/ICP.

Please contact Margaret Cook at 406-841-2754, 406-459-5801 (work cell) or e-mail at MCook@mt.gov for any additional information.

This grant program is designed to allow tribal governments to deploy their own Indian Equity Fund type of grant to Native-owned businesses based on matched funds that each tribal government committed to the Montana State Small Business Credit Initiative (MT SSBCI).  Those match funds have now matured and are accessible by tribal governments to design and deploy grants to small businesses.  

Download the forms above, complete, and save for upload.  A full copy of the guidelines can be obtained at: http://marketmt.com/ICP

Please contact Margaret Cook at 406-841-2754, 406-459-5801 (work cell) or e-mail at MCook@mt.gov for any additional information.