Check Eligibility

Eligible households must meet all of criteria below:

Household has experienced a financial hardship due directly, indirectly or during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An applicant can self-certifiy their financial hardship which can include any of the following:

  • Qualified for unemployment benefits
  • Experienced a reduction of income
  • Incurred significant costs
  • Experienced other financial hardship

Household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Check your household's AMI with the tool below.

Documentation needed to apply: Income documentation for all members of household.

  • Preferred: Most current 2020 or 2021 IRS Tax Return Form 1040

Sample image of 1040 form


  • Two months of Income Documentation (paystubs immediately prior to application)
  • Most recent Social Security or Social Security Disability letter
  • Pension Award Letter
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Statement
  • Unemployment Insurance benefit statement or screen shots from MontanaWorks
  • Child support award statement / Parental Plan or other written documentation
  • Annuities
  • Income from Assets (if total of all assets exceeds $5,000)
  • Self-employment income (most recent IRS Schedule C or profit and loss statement)
  • Documentation of other income not listed above
  • Zero income can be self-certified by the household