CARES Act Grants for Parents

CARES Act Grants

Emergency Housing Assistance Program The Emergency Housing Assistance Program serves eligible Montanan families, who because of the COVID-19 emergency or the response to that emergency, have suffered substantial financial hardship and lack sufficient income or resources to pay housing costs. 

  • The program can pay the difference between 30% of the household’s reduced gross monthly income due to COVID-19 impact, and their eligible housing assistance costs (monthly rent or mortgage payment plus monthly hazard insurance, if applicable and not paid directly by mortgage servicer), up to $2,000/month. 
  • A housing assistance calculator is available on our  https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/CovidHousingAssist 
  • The program can currently assist eligible households with housing costs from April through September 2020.

Total funding available is $50 million.  A comprehensive information resource and application portal is available at COVIDRelief.mt.gov.

In-Home Grants for Families

Who: Montana Families with children 0-18 years old

What: A scholarship opportunity to cover special in-home needs for families whose children cannot attend school or a group child care setting due to COVID-19 and specialized needs.

When: Apply August 19th – December 31st, 2020 (or until funding is gone)

How: Complete the application here and submit it to the Nurturing Center at:

  • 322 2nd Ave West, Suite C Kalispell, MT 59901
  • E-mail to Renee August: renee@nurturingcenter.org

·     Fax to: (406) 756-1410

More details:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for Montana’s families working to balance professional responsibilities, child care, and changes to schooling. There is widespread uncertainty about options for school-age children because of the pandemic. Some families include children or family member with special needs such as health and safety needs, or a lack of child care in their community, which cause them to need in-home child care. This may also include foster and kinship families with unique in-home needs.

*Note: “Lack of child care available” means that you are unable to find child care due to living in a rural area that has no available licensed child care or there are no licensed child care openings for your child.

*Note: Scholarships are not meant for attendance at registered/licensed child care.

Examples of qualifying special circumstances of children who cannot attend school or group care settings:

  1. Compromised heath of child and/or family
  2. Children with developmental and physical disabilities who are remote learning
  3. Children with emotional disturbance who are remote learning
  4. Remote learning support

All eligible families will receive $4,000 to be used for care in their home or in another caregiver’s home, such as a family member, a friend, or a neighbor.

Download and complete the application here. Return the application by mail, fax 406-756-1410 by mail 322 2nd Ave West, Suite C Kalispell or use our drop box located at 322 2nd Ave West, Kalispell.