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Residents and organizations have another week to propose initiatives that could benefit Butte’s economy — and get county money for the cause.

As they do each year, commissioners will soon give out more than $60,000 for projects or programs designed to boost business, beauty or tourism in Butte-Silver Bow. The money is from a single mill levy dedicated for economic development.

Proposals for spending part or all of the money are due at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Room 208 of the Courthouse, 155 W. Granite St., by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. Guidelines for proposals are available at that office, too.

They will be opened at that night’s commissioner’s meeting and the council’s Economic Development Committee will hear presentations on the proposals the following week and decide who gets what.

The council divided $65,000 among 11 initiatives last year and Commissioner Bill Andersen is encouraging anyone interested to submit a proposal this time around.

“It’s free money,” he said. “If you have a project you need help with that you think would benefit the community as a whole, we have got a great funding mechanism that is free, easy and quick.”

Submissions must have a cover sheet with a name, address, phone number, email address of who is making the proposal, the amount requested and the entity handling the money. Seven copies of each proposal also are needed.

Questions should be directed to Community Development Director Karen Byrne’s office in the Courthouse or by calling 406-497-6467.

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