Bozeman, Montana – The City of Bozeman has secured eight grants in 2023, amounting to over $28 million. These funds are set to enhance various city divisions, significantly impacting the community’s development and welfare.
The largest grant, amounting to $24 million, is dedicated to the reconstruction of Kagy Blvd. This project is central to the city’s plan to improve transportation infrastructure. Alongside this major project, the Transportation and Engineering department has also secured several other grants. These include $1.6 million for the creation of a year-round composting program aimed at managing food waste effectively. Another notable grant of $750,000 goes towards transportation alternative capital and $265,000 for transportation alternative preservation. Additionally, $250,000 has been awarded for the ‘Safe Streets for All Study,’ an initiative to enhance road safety.
City Manager Jeff Mihelich said in a statement, “We’re thrilled to see these grants come through to expand our services. Funding is so often a barrier. Having outside funding come through allows staff to better serve residents without relying solely on local dollars.”
The Community Development department hasn’t been left behind. They received a grant from the Foundation for Montana History. This grant will be used for a National Register Multiple Property Documentation for buildings designed by Fred Willson, a renowned architect who contributed significantly to the city’s architectural heritage between 1909 and 1954.
The Municipal Court has been awarded a substantial $900,000 Department of Justice grant. This funding is earmarked to start a misdemeanor DUI treatment court, specifically focusing on DUI offenders. This initiative reflects the city’s commitment to addressing and mitigating issues related to driving under the influence.
The Bozeman Police Department has also received a critical grant of $19,770, designated for child exploitation and human trafficking investigations. This grant is a vital resource in the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation, providing much-needed equipment, technology, and training to investigate these heinous crimes and protect the community’s children.
From transportation and infrastructure to community development and public safety, these funds will play a crucial role in shaping a better future for Bozeman.