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U.S. Commercial Service Programs Reimbursement

The Montana International Marketing Assistance Program provides funds for fees to access customized U.S. Commercial Service programs focused on increasing a company's exports (fees for general training programs are not eligible).

**Applications must be received at least 14 days before the proposed activity. If requesting a travel stipend applications must be received 45 days before the proposed activity.**


  • 75% reimbursement up to a maximum of $1,200

**Travel Stipend: While travel costs are ineligible expenses as part of the reimbursement, one fixed travel stipend per company is provided (importers, in-country reps, and distributors are NOT eligible for the stipend). The travel stipend can be used to pay the way for only one person, not for multiple people. 

  • Outside North America - $1200

  • Canada & Mexico - $800

A stipulation to receiving a travel stipend is the requirement to use a U.S. air carrier for transportation to and from the event as stated in the "Fly America Act."

Make sure to keep all travel receipts (i.e. air flight, hotel and meal receipts) in order to receive reimbursement.

Eligible Expenses

May include, but is not limited to:

For more information about U.S. Service Commercial programs contact:

Carey Hester

(406) 370-0097


**If an anticipated cost is not listed above applicants should contact the program to determine eligibility.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Travel (transportation, accommodations, meals, etc);

  • Creation of or supplementing a reserve or contingency fund or account;

  • Match or support for any other Federal projects;

  • Entertainment costs, including meals, alcohol, parties, receptions, mixers, or other social activities, or tickets to shows or sporting events;

  • Souvenirs, models, imprinted clothing, buttons, gifts, prizes, promotional items, mementoes, scholarships, contributions, donations, or similar gratuitous transfers (whether in the form of cash, property, or services);

  • Membership fees or dues in any business, technical, trade, professional, civic, community, country club, social or dining organization (whether in the name of the recipient organization or an individual);

  • Fund-raising (including, but not limited to, soliciting funding or contributions or raising investment capital from individuals, public/private organizations, or government entities);

  • Lobbying or "grassroots" advocacy activities (including the endorsement or opposition of political parties, candidates, initiatives, referenda, petitions, or the cost of protests or demonstrations) directed at any level or branch of government;

  • Employee or owner salaries or compensation;

  • Indirect costs or depreciation; bid and proposal costs; legal expenses; fines, penalties and mischarging costs;

  • Any cost not directly related to international trade development and preapproved by this program.