On behalf of and with other county departments, Grants and Community Programs staff conduct grant searches, write applications, manage grant awards, and ensure compliance with regulations and special conditions associated with grant funding to meet the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing Missoula County. Here are examples of those efforts.
Missoula County was one of three communities statewide to be awarded approximately $153,000 of Supportive Housing funds from the Montana Board of Crime Control to create a housing program for formerly incarcerated individuals. The county is partnering with the District XI Human Resource Council to employ a Reentry Case Manager and a Housing Stability Coordinator who will work closely with Probation and Parole to improve linkages for wrap-around services and supportive housing assistance for returning citizens and coordinate a network of services designed to help returning citizens acquire and retain housing.
A $2000 grant from the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum will help fund cleaning the Doughboy statue and bronze plaques listing Missoulians who died in WWI and WWII. The project includes repairing the granite base as well.
The County Courthouse renovation has restored the visibility of the Doughboy statue which was installed on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn by the American Legion Auxiliary in 1927 and which continues to be a site used by veterans’ groups and community members to pay tribute to those who have served in the military.
The American Legion Hellgate Post #27 and the Western Montana Military Officer's Association provided letters of support were instrumental in receiving the grant award.
Out of 27 state Tourism grants awarded to communities across the state, Missoula County received the largest funding amount at $105,282 to help pay for the installation of an elevator in the Commercial Building at the Fairgrounds. Providing access to the second floor will increase the amount of vendor space for exhibits and expand the number of events at the Fairgrounds. As noted by Governor Bullock, the Tourism Grant Program “… maximize(s) our ability to attract and serve the visitors who drive one of Montana’s leading industries.”