HB 294 Montana Accessible Playgrounds Grant Program


State Policies & Initiatives: 

“HB 294 creates a grant program that encourages municipalities and school districts to develop

accessible playgrounds. Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Parks Division, administers this grant program.

This program provides grants only to supplement local and private funds in order to secure other

grant funding that require a match for developing accessible playgrounds.

The legislature appropriated $100,000 for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June

30, 2019. Any state funds distributed must be matched at a rate of 1 to 1 minimum, with $1 in

state funds to $1 or more in other grant funds. A grant may not exceed $10,000.

The department (Fish, Wildlife & Parks) shall ensure that funds are distributed only as necessary

to secure other grant funding that will increase accessibility in existing playgrounds or for the

costs of accessibility features in new playgrounds. The money may not be used during initial

construction for accessibility features required by The Americans With Disabilities Act for

newly constructed playgrounds or to upgrade existing restroom or parking facilities that are not

compliant with applicable accessibility standards.”

  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • State of Montana; Fish, Wildlife & Parks Division
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