The Grants and Community Programs staff provide policy guidance, proposal review, and oversight of county funds to ensure consistency, efficiency, and accountability of funds and program goals. This is accomplished through grant management activities that include creating applications, drafting contracts in concert with the Missoula County Attorney's Office, working with the Board of County Commissioners, reviewing quarterly financial and narrative progress reports provided by award recipients, submitting claims to the county finance department for payment to service agencies and vendors, and fostering positive relationships with community partners.
Alcohol Tax FundMissoula County receives Alcohol Tax Funds from the Chemical Dependency Bureau of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the State allocates tax dollars to counties based on projected tax revenue from the sale of alcohol. To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must be designated as a state-approved chemical dependency service provider, and have either not-for-profit status or be a governmental agency. Eligible program areas include:
- Prevention services
- Chemical dependency treatment, including:
- Residential Home
Community Assistance Fund (CAF)Each spring, Missoula County conducts a competitive application process to award grants from its Community Assistance Fund to support programs that provide basic needs assistance to at-risk populations in Missoula County. Priority is given to projects or services that provide food, medical services, shelter and emergency transportation to at-risk and homeless populations. Eligible entities are not-for-profit organizations or governmental agencies that provide basic needs assistance to at-risk or homeless populations in Missoula County.
Substance Abuse Prevention Mill Levy
In June 2008, voters approved a mill levy to support underage substance abuse prevention efforts in Missoula County. Each spring, Missoula County conducts a competitive application process to award approximately $368,920 in substance abuse prevention mills to support programs in Missoula County that help grow healthy youth and families and reduce the negative consequences and high costs of substance abuse. Eligible entities are not-for-profit organizations or governmental agencies that provide underage substance abuse prevention services in Missoula County in one or more of the following ways:
- Maintain a coalition that coordinates substance abuse prevention efforts;
- Provide community education about the risks and costs of abusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs;
- Offer supervised non-school hour activities that give young people alternatives to drug use and opportunities for positive youth development; or
- Provide early intervention to help youth and families address alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems.