$3M federal grant to address housing, climate change, swimmer’s itch in MT

David Erickson

Three Montana government agencies will split nearly $3 million in federal grants to address swimmer’s itch, climate change and housing.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the funding for projects to “ensure disadvantaged communities that have historically suffered from underinvestment have access to clean air and water and climate resilience solutions.”

Missoula County will get almost $1 million to create a “one-stop shop resource that will provide comprehensive and hands-on assistance to county residents, including rural, low-income and Indigenous communities that are disproportionately impacted by climate change.”

The initiative will apparently also provide up to $20,000 per household to fund no-cost retrofits for approximately 21 low-income projects.

Caroline Bean, the county’s climate action program manager, said the benefits available to people who want to access funding from the Inflation Reduction Act are myriad and a little complicated, so it’s important to have centralized information. She also noted the county will work with partners like Climate Smart Missoula, Neighborworks Montana, All Nations Health Center and the Healthy Acres Communities Foundation on the project.

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And the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will get about $1 million

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