Working to unite, promote and strengthen
cooperative businesses across Montana
You Are Invited to the Montana Cooperative Business After Hours and Cooperative Celebration
Rural Business Development Grant Workshop
It's Virtual!

Hosted by MCDC and the Montana USDA-RD Office

This grant program could be utilized by some cooperatives
call us if you are interested!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Montana’s Business and Cooperative Program, in partnership with the Montana Cooperative Development Center and Headwaters RC&D, will host a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 26, for town leaders, state agencies, nonprofits, higher educational institutions, Federally-recognized tribes, and rural cooperatives to discuss the USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. 
Highlights about the RDBG program (Rural Business Development Grant)

Due: February 28, 2022, 4:30 p.m. local time

What does this program do?
This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.
Who may apply for this program?
Rural public entities including, but are not limited to:
  • Towns.
  • Communities.
  • State agencies.
  • Authorities.
  • Nonprofit corporations.
  • Institutions of higher education.
  • Federally-recognized tribes.
  • Rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation).

How may funds be used?
Enterprise grants must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application. Uses may include:
  • Training and technical assistance, such as project planning, business counseling, and training, market research, feasibility studies, professional or/technical reports, or producer service improvements.
  • Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation of buildings; plants, machinery, equipment, access for streets and roads; parking areas and utilities.
  • Rural transportation improvement.
  • Community economic development.
  • Technology-based economic development.
  • Feasibility studies and business plans.
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training.
  • Rural business incubators.
  • Long-term business strategic planning.
Montana Cooperative Development Center and
Zero to Five Montana
Childcare Cooperative Hub Initiative

Applications for Montana
Pilot Programs are Open

Zero to Five Montana and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) are excited to invite you to apply to participate in the Montana Community Child Care Innovations Pilot. This pilot is geared towards community partners and employers who would like to work together to learn about various child care models, or who are seeking information to guide decisions about child care design and expansion in their community. 

Over the course of the one-year pilot period, participating communities/employer groups will work to increase the supply of high-quality affordable child care in their local communities, and will also be connected to a broader network to support successful implementation and access to child care funding. Our hope is this opportunity will also provide additional support as communities and employer groups prepare to submit applications for larger funding awards through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 
The goal of this pilot is to support community and employer partners in developing a child care infrastructure strategy that meets the needs of employers and families in your community. Applicants may apply for a grant award up to $7,000 to support community or employer-level planning. Please note that even if you are not selected to receive funding, you will still be able to access the same technical assistance and consultation as a non-funded participant. All interested community and employer partnerships will be able to access technical assistance and consultation related to various child care models (including the child care cooperative model), as well as resources and connections to relevant business and child care supports as you develop a plan that works for your business/organization and community. 
Communities and employer groups are leading the charge in innovative strategies, and we’re excited to be able to foster collaboration and cross-sharing through this pilot to help you in achieving your goals! 
Applications are open now at 

To apply, please submit your completed application by the end of day on Friday, October 29th. Applications should demonstrate a willingness for community members to work together, the need for child care, goals, non-monetary assistance that has been identified as a need, and a summary of any work already underway that you would like to build upon through this pilot. 
Pint Night at the Mighty Mo Brewery

November 29th, 2021
5 pm to 8 pm

$1.00 from every pint sold will support Montana Cooperative Development Center

MCDC/MCOC staff will be there to discuss the work being done and there will be Door Prizes!
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There is Still Time to Apply!

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Due October 22nd, 2021
The Montana Main Street Planning and
Project Grant is Now Open!

The application cycle for the Montana Main Street Planning and Project Grant is now open for Montana Main Street member communities. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2021.
Grants are available for Montana Main Street member communities for comprehensive revitalization projects; this includes planning activities like a downtown master plan and project activities like seed money to implement a façade improvement program.
The Montana Main Street Planning and Project Grant application and further information on the program can be found at:
If Montana Main Street member communities have questions about potential projects, please contact the Community Development Division at 406.841.2770 or
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