Office of Public Assistance

Provides help for food, medical, or cash assistance. To apply, visit their website.


Mail forms to: Human and Community Services, PO Box 202925, Helena, MT 59601

Emergency Phone: 888-706-1535



Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)

TANF Cash assistance is a program providing temporary financial assistance to needy families. The

receipt of TANF cash assistance is limited to 60 months in an adults lifetime. Temporary financial

assistance may be provided to the following families and individuals:

  1. Minor children;
  2. Specified relatives with whom the children are living;
  3. The minor children's blood-related/adoptive siblings with whom the children are living;
  4. Pregnant women in their last trimester who have no other eligible children; and
  5. Refugees with minor dependent children.


Apply on their website.


Mail forms to: 12 North 3rd, Bozeman, MT 59715

Emergency Phone: 888-706-1535



Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a program designed to help people in Montana make ends meet and afford healthy food. SNAP

participants receive monthly food benefits on the Montana Access debit card.


Apply on their website.


Mail forms to: 12 North 3rd, Bozeman, MT 59715

Emergency Phone: 888-706-1535




Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is a nutrition education program providing nutrition services and food benefits to women, infants,

and children. WIC services are available to:

  • Women who are pregnant or have just given birth
  • Women who are breastfeeding
  • Infants and Children up to five years old (mothers, fathers, grandparents, foster parents, and other guardians may apply for WIC for children up to age five)



Healthy Gallatin: 215 W Mendenhall, Bozeman, MT 59715

Belgrade: 201 W Madison, Building

Montana State University: 1218 S. 15th Street, Bozeman

West Yellowstone: Povah Center, 10 S. Geyser Street


Phone: 406-582-3115

Email: [email protected]


Energy Assistance – Weatherization and LIEAP

The State of Montana, through the DPHHS, offers two programs aimed at helping low-income

individuals reduce their heating costs. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) pays part of

winter energy bills for eligible people. The Weatherization Program helps participants to improve the

heating efficiency of their homes and thus reduce their energy consumption. In certain circumstances,

there is assistance available to help with furnace emergencies. You may apply for weatherization

assistance at the Human Resource Development Council.


Phone: 406-587-4486

Address: 32 South Tracy, Bozeman, MT 59715


Philanthropic Educational Organization

P.E.O. is an international philanthropic educational organization whose members form a sisterhood of women who are purposeful and passionate in celebrating, supporting, and motivating women.  P.E.O.'s mission is to help women around the world advance through education with financial assistance from loans, grants, and scholarships.  P.E.O. in Montana has 86 chapters throughout the state with over 3,200 members.  
In 1907, P.E.O. established the Educational Loan Fund to assist qualified women students in securing a higher education.  Loans are open to women seeking an associate or bachelor's degree, an accredited non-degree program, a master's degree or a doctoral degree.  Maximum loan amounts range from $12,000 for an associates or bachelor's degree to $20,000 for a doctoral degree.  
In 1973, P.E.O established the need-based grant, Program for Continuing Education.  This grant is awarded to qualified women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that will improve their employment opportunities.   The maximum grant award is $4,000.