Office of the Superintendent


Nine Grants Awarded to Assist Oil and Gas Impacted Schools

Monday, February 24, 2014, 2:16 pm

On February 19, 2014, Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of $449,855 in grants for oil and gas impacted schools that are receiving oil and natural gas production taxes in an amount less than 20 percent of the district’s maximum general fund budget. The grant awards range from $16,541 to $75,000.

Ninety school districts were eligible for the State School Oil and Natural Gas Impact Grant, and 29 schools applied. The following nine school districts were successful in their applications: 

  • Culbertson High School: $60,000
  • Dawson High School: $75,000
  • Froid Elementary School: $30,500
  • Glendive Elementary School: $75,000
  • Plentywood K-12: $56,000
  • Powder River County High School: $18,859
  • Savage Elementary School: $48,000
  • Winnett K-12: $16,541
  • Wolf Point Elementary School: $69,955

This is the first year that the OPI awarded State School Oil and Natural Gas Impact Grants. Grant funding comes from the state school oil and natural gas impact account, a state special revenue fund, which is collected from a percentage of oil and gas revenue that districts could not retain as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 329 in the 2011 Legislative Session. Eligibility for the grant program was significantly changed in the 2013 Legislative Session with the passage of Senate Bill 175.

For descriptions of the grant awards, go to http://www.opi.mt.gov/Media_Center/News_Updaters/NewsStories/2014-02-19_113049.html

For more information, contact Madalyn Quinlan, Chief of Staff, 406-444-3168