(1) The department shall evaluate a grant application on the basis of the content of the written grant application and any documents or materials submitted by the applicant as part of the application.
(2) The department shall evaluate grant applications in the order in which they are received. The date of receipt is the date on which the application is determined to be complete or the last date on which it is amended, whichever is later.
(3) In addition to the criteria set forth in 39-12-106, MCA, the department shall consider the following matters when evaluating a grant application:
(a) whether the proposal reasonably relates to the employer's Montana business operations;
(b) whether the proposed outcomes (completion rate and amount of economic improvement) are readily measurable;
(c) whether the proposal duplicates other resources that are available to the applicant; and
(d) the significance of the impact of the grant in furthering the purposes of the HELP Act.
(4) The department may consider such other matters as may be pertinent to the evaluation, including but not limited to whether the employer has complied with other grants previously awarded by the department.
(5) The department may award a grant for less than the full amount requested.
(6) In the event that an employer applies for multiple grants, or for multiple clients, the department may, in its discretion, deny some or all of those multiple applications in order to provide equitable treatment to other grant applicants in the distribution of grant awards. Such denial does not preclude an employer from applying in the future, so long as the client remains eligible.