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Grid Resiliency and Reliability Grants

Program Overview

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides grant funding to States and Tribes to improve the reliability and resiliency of their electrical grids. Funding will be allocated by formula on an annual basis for fiscal years 2022 – 2026. States and Tribes may sub-grant the funding to eligible entities for qualifying investments.

These grants offer a unique opportunity to address current and future resilience needs from hazards due to events such as extreme weather, wildfire, natural disaster, or human-caused outages. The funding will also promote economic development and needed improvements in infrastructure, including grid modernization investments in underserved communities.

For more information on Section 40101(d) Grid Resiliency funding through the U.S. Department of Energy, including information on the grant application portal, allocation amounts, FAQs, and an example program narrative for application, visit:

National Energy Technology Laboratory program website

Dept. of Energy - Grid Resiliency website

Dept. of Energy - Grid Resiliency Formula Grant Program website

Grid Resiliency and Reliability Grants Contacts

Section Supervisor
Kyla Maki (406) 444-6459

To stay up to date on the Montana 401010(d) resiliency program and future sub-grant opportunities, sign up for our mailing list below.

Montana Sub-Grant Program Qualifications

DEQ’s Montana Energy Bureau will award resiliency funding to qualifying projects with each round of federal funding. Montana intends to issue a Request for Proposals for the funding on an annual basis and award its allocation to eligible entities based on these competitive solicitations. Review the eligibility requirements for participation and resiliency measures to determine qualification for sub-grants.

Eligible entities that can apply for sub-grant funding include the following recipients:

  • Electric grid operator.
  • Electricity storage operator.
  • Electricity generator.
  • Transmission owners or operators.
  • Distribution providers.
  • Fuel suppliers.

Examples of qualifying resiliency measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Weatherization technologies and equipment.
  • Fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems.
  • Monitoring and control technologies.
  • Undergrounding of electrical equipment.
  • Utility pole management.
  • Relocation of power lines or the reconductoring of power lines with low-sag, advanced conductors.
  • Vegetation and fuel-load management.
  • Use or construction of distributed energy resources for enhancing system.
  • Adaptive capacity during disruptive events, including—
    • microgrids
    • battery-storage subcomponents
  • Adaptive protection technologies.
  • Advanced modeling technologies.
  • Hardening of power lines, facilities, substations, of other systems.
  • Replacement of old overhead conductors and underground cables.

Sub-grantees must follow Federal requirements to utilize funding for qualifying projects through the Montana sub-grant program. Requirements include domestic material sourcing, prevailing wage conditions, and cost matching. See the terms below for more information on requirements, limitations, and cost matching.

Federal Requirements

  • Regular reports on financials, project progression, and metrics.
  • Projects must comply with the Federal:
    • National Environmental Policy Act
    • Build America Buy America Act
      • Domestic material sourcing requirements
    • Davis-Bacon Act
      • Prevailing wage requirements

Federal Limitations

  • Funding cannot be used for: Cybersecurity, new generation facilities, large-scale battery storage not used for adaptive capacity.
  • Grant funded projects cannot have a cost recovery for any portion of the project.

Cost Matching

Matching funds are required for entities that receive a subgrant with the amount based on the annual amount of electricity sold. In addition to the match requirements detailed below, grant recipients will be required to provide a 15% cost share on the federal award.

  • Entities that sell more than 4,000,000 MWh of electricity per year will be required to match 100% of the amount of the sub-grant.
  • Entities that sell 4,000,000 MWh or less of electricity per year require a 33% match of the total sub-grant.
  • Small Utilities: Funds must be made available to small utilities (less than 4,000,000 MWh per year), based on the percentage of customers served by those utilities.

Montana Sub-Grant Program Announcements

On September 5, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Montana was among the latest group of states and territories that have been awarded funding as part of the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Grant program, Section 40101(d) of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has received a $14 million grant to support projects that improve and enhance the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid. DEQ anticipates making grid resilience funding available to eligible entities by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of 2023. The RFP will allow eligible entities to apply for subawards for eligible grid resilience and reliability projects. Project criteria and match requirements will be outlined in the RFP.

Please check back for future announcements and sign up to the Grid Resiliency Grant Program email list to stay updated.