Welcome to the Business Improvement District (BID)


318 Central Ave

Great Falls MT, 59401


The Business Improvement District (BID) is the focal point of regional commerce for social, cultural, governmental, business and residential activity in downtown Great Falls. The goal of the BID is to maintain, beautify, and stimulate development in Great Falls’ historic downtown district.

How we work

In 1989, organizational leaders in Great Falls introduced the idea of creating a BID to the property owners of Downtown Great Falls.

The BID is operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who are property owners or their designated representatives from within the district; with additional administrative support within their office setting. All board members are appointed by the City Commissioners. The BID has proven itself to be a vital part of the downtown area providing for improvement and beautification.

The BID offers many grant programs to new and existing businesses within the tax assessment district. Façade grant dollars are available for permanent exterior renovations and improvements made to buildings for both new and existing businesses and property owners. Interior Grants are available for the  permanent renovations done to the interior of business space and is available to both businesses and property owners. Residential Grant dollars are available for those property owners looking to renovate properties for permanent residential development. All grant dollars are based on criteria listed below on this website. These grants are designated for partial cost reimbursement and funded upon completion of the project.

Keep up to date with all of the BID’s efforts to continually improve downtown Great Falls and cultivate the businesses that make this their home!

What areas does the BID cover? View an online map here.

The Great Falls BID was established according to Montana Code, specifically MCA Title 7 Chapter 12

Board of Directors of the Business Improvement District

Max Grebe, Chair

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Jason Kunz, Vice-Chair

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

Trista Besich, Treasurer

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Alison Fried

Term Expires: June 30, 2021

Sherrie Aery

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Neal DuBois

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

Karen Reiff

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

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The Great Falls Business Improvement District has previously offered grant programs to our property and business owners. We are currently working to reconstruct and improve these programs. Due to this, these grant programs are temporarily unavailable. Our goal is to revaluate these programs in summer 2021. Please contact our office or follow this site for updates.

2020-2021 Fiscal Year

The BID’s work plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year was approved by the City Commission at their meeting on 8/04/2020.  The BID continues to work on the goals and looks for new opportunities as funding allows.
Work Plan 2020-2021

The BID was renewed for another 10-year period by the City Commission on February 19, 2019. In preparation of our renewal campaign we created a 10-year report to provide our property owners.  View that report HERE

Great Falls Wayfinding Plan

We are excited to announce that the Great Falls Wayfinding Plan is complete!

Great Falls Wayfinding Plan 2020

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