According to a Wednesday afternoon press release from the City of Great Falls, Great Falls received some great news this week.
“On June 16, 2020, in collaboration with Malmstrom Air Force Base (MAFB), the Great Falls City Commission authorized City Manager Greg Doyon to submit a proposal to construct a new indoor aquatics facility under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program administered by the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).
City Manager Doyon received a response from OEA on August 10, 2020, formally inviting the City of Great Falls to submit a complete application for grant funding of not more than $10,000,000 toward the total estimated project cost of $20,000,000. The formal application for the federal grant is due August 26, 2020.
OEA reports that there were approximately 130 proposals received. Of the proposals received, 109 were reviewed by OEA, Cross-Military Service Panel, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Review. Of the 109 applications, 16 applicants were formally invited to apply for the funding.”
The press release goes on to say “…a final decision will be made by the Secretary of Defense by September 15, 2020. In the meantime, the City will work with its OEA representative to finalize and submit the application by the August 26 deadline.”
Here’s the link to the OEA Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program Proposal website which lists all of the applicants and amounts requested.
You can read the City press release here.