Big Sky Trust Fund (BSTF) Grants - Prospera

The Montana Department of Commerce funds Montana-based businesses through two Big Sky Trust Fund (BSTF) grant opportunities: job creation and planning. These grants are tailored for specific business activities such as planning future expansions, designing new products or manufacturing systems, planning a new building, and hiring new employees. Prospera is a designated Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) that can help you navigate and secure these grants.

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BSTF Job Creation Grant

Designed to help bring high-paying jobs to Montana, these grants are ideal for local businesses that are growing fast and looking to add six or more new, full-time jobs over the next 12 to 24 months. Job creation grants have matching fund requirements and are submitted via a local government sponsor. Visit with Prospera to see if your business is a good fit for this funding.

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BSTF Planning Grants

If you need to hire an architect, engineer, or outside expert to help you plan a business expansion or conduct a feasibility study or manufacturing plan, a planning grant might be a good fit for your business. Planning grants can also be used for downtown master plans and pre-production film projects. Planning grants are not retro-active, and grants require a 50% cash match to be eligible.


Interested in learning more about these grants and whether they are the right fit for your business?

Contact our team of business experts at Prospera to learn more. Call us at 406-587-3113 or email