Projects and Programs

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Community Needs & Commissioner Priorities

Grants and Community Programs staff use their research, writing, communication, planning, project development, and grant management skills to foster, coordinate, and support community needs and priorities of the Board of County Commissioners for the benefit of Missoula County residents.

Depending upon the project, these efforts can be focused on one-time endeavors such as writing grant applications for a specific need or more long-term, coordinated efforts involving leadership and active participation. Typically, GCP staff initiatives fall within the general framework of the following county functional areas:

Community/Economic Development

Criminal Justice/Public Safety/Mental Health

  • Jail diversion and crisis intervention (state DPHHS grant)
  • Supportive housing for people re-entering the community from the criminal justice system (state DPHHS grant)

Culture and Recreation

  • Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Alien Detention Center community programs and outreach (federal INSPIRE! grant application)
  • Commuter trail and walking trails in New Meadows county park (state RTP grant application) 
  • Elevator installation in Commercial Building at Fairgrounds (state Tourism grant)
  • WWI Doughboy Memorial restoration (public & private foundations)

Health and Human Services

  • Continuum of Care Rapid Re-housing/YWCA as partner (federal HUD grant)
  • Interim Assistance Program (IAP) that assists elderly and disabled with rental assistance while they await their social security determination (federal SSA program)
  • Collaborative activities with the City of Missoula involving community needs assessments, homelessness, housing policy, and other issues as they arise
  • Resource to HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) information. Missoula’s Office of Housing and Community Development also has Fair Housing information.
  • NACo Live Healthy/Prescription Discount Card program (distribution of materials)


  • Buena Vista wastewater improvement project (TSEP grant)
  • Brownfields Program (assessment, inventory, prioritize sites; conduct site assessments; develop clean-up and re-use plans; awaiting grant award decision from EPA)