Grants and Purchasing Department
The Grants and Purchasing Department supports county departments in their grant and purchasing activities. Grant staff keeps tabs on the needs of the community and county and helps secure grant funding to make sure the county is better able to address those needs. Purchasing staff support county procurement and purchasing activities as defined by the County's Purchasing Policy.
Annual Community Needs Assessment Meetings
Each year, Lewis and Clark County and the City of Helena co-host a Community Needs Assessment Public Meeting. This meeting is typically held in the first quarter of the year and is free and open to the public.
All local governments accessing Community Development funding through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's CDBG and HOME programs are required to hold a set of public Community Needs Assessment events each year, including a general Community Needs Assessment meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to review existing community assets and to assess the challenges and issues faced in making our community a better place to live. The focus of general public meeting is to address matters related to housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community and public facilities. Community organizations and individuals are invited to present on current or anticipated projects that pertain to these focus areas, particularly those targeting low- and moderate-income residents. There is also a general discussion on prospective funding sources, including the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), the Montana Coal Endowment Program (MCEP), and other relevant programs that may be available.