Nonprofit Response & Resources

Montana is starting to open back up, even as COVID-19 is still traversing the globe and new cases are being reported in our own state. This is a difficult time to be a nonprofit and navigate the unknown. What is clear is that nonprofits and their clients have a long way to go before getting back to whatever can be considered normal. This page is designed to provide you up-to-date resources and information to help you make the best decisions for your organization and community.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please refer to the following websites:


Emergency Grant Opportunities for Montana Nonprofits

  • Montana has made emergency financial relief available from the federal government to those that have been hardest-hit by impacts of COVID-19 through a single grant application portal. LEARN MORE & APPLY.
  • If you have specific questions about the application process, please submit them here, and we will provide answers as soon as we are able.
  • View the Relief Fund Advisory Council Recommendation Report, to see how nonprofits were represented during the process.
  • Does your organization have a fiscal sponsor? HERE is a quick guide to help you apply.

This financial assistance is funded through $1.25 billion in federal emergency relief funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Nonprofits may apply for financial relief for things like rental and mortgage assistance, business and nonprofit grants, grants to serve seniors and those living with a disability, food banks and local food producers.

To prepare for the application, nonprofits should have their most recent tax return, Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing, budget showing three months of working capital, copy of Driver’s License, Tribal or State-issued ID card, copy of UI-5 if business has employees, a brief description of how the grant will be spent, and a brief description of how COVID-19 has impacted operations. 

MNA Resources

Tools for Nonprofits

Additional Resources

Community Foundations currently providing emergency response funding for COVID-19:

Additional COVID-19 Funding:

Here are guidelines for those working in direct service. Hopefully you've seen these before but now is a great time to brush up with your team and double down on risk management. They are also helpful for those of you considering restarting programs in the future:

Whether your team is considering phasing back to the office or continuing to work remotely, the resources below will help you navigate the new work landscape:  

Nonprofits are on the front line serving the more vulnerable people in the community. Communicating changes in scheduled events or services is challenging but important. During uncertain times, more communication rather than less is even more important. Below are resources, including templates, to help with the process. Given the amount of information available, we are curating resources we believe will be most practical.