Montana TANF

Updated February 8, 2020

Montana TANF is a time-limited cash assistance program for needy families with children under the age of 18 as well as pregnant women.

The aim of TANF is to end dependency on government benefits by getting parents to work as quickly as possible.

TANF eligible families may also receive Medicaid coverage, child care assistance1 and are categorically eligible for SNAP benefits.

As a condition of eligibility, work-eligible recipients are required to participate in the “Pathways Program”2 which is the employment and training component of Montana TANF for a required number of hours per week.

If you are a single mother with a child under age 6, you are expected to participate in approved work activities for at least 27 hours per week.3

How do I apply for TANF in Montana?

The most convenient way to apply for TANF in Montana is through — the official self-service web-based portal managed by the state of Montana.

In order to use this service, you will need to have ePass Montana account.4 If you do not yet have an account, you must create one.

You may also apply in person at the local Office of Public Assistance. To find a local office nearest you, call 1-888-706-1535.

  1. Each family receiving child care assistance is required to pay a $10 per month co-payment directly to their child care provider(s). []
  2. Formerly known as Work Readiness Component (WoRC) []
  3. TANF Program Policy Manual: 705-1 Employment and Training: Participation Hours []
  4. ePass Montana is a convenient and secure way to access Montana government services. []