MT Education Mini-Grants

Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

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Grant amount: Up to US $500

Next deadline: Oct 23, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jan 14, 2020 4:00pm PST, Apr 22, 2020 4:00pm PDT, Jul 17, 2020 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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DNRC administers a wide range of grants and loans for Montana, assisting cities and towns, conservation districts, private landowners, and other groups in managing natural resource issues at the local level. 

Education Mini-Grants

Student and Adult Education projects that focus on water, weeds, or other natural resources.

The purpose of the mini-education grant program is to assist conservation districts with educational projects that focus on conservation and natural resources. Activities for youth and adults are eligible. Up to $500 is available. The minimum application request must be $100.

Examples of Eligible Projects

The following list is an example of fundable projects:

  • Aquatic Micro- and Macro - Flora and Fauna 
  • Community Gardens 
  • Conservation Days 
  • Outdoor Classrooms/Field Trips 
  • Riparian and Rangeland Ecology 
  • Restoration 
  • Soils 
  • Water  
  • Weeds 
  • Wildlife  
  • Workshops (e.g. adults and youth) 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Schools and other organizations can apply, but their applications must be approved and sponsored by the conservation district (CD). 
  • The following are examples of eligible expenses:
    • Administrator Salary to Organize Events—must demonstrate a financial need 
    • Advertising Fees to Promote Event 
    • Resource Materials (educational kits/ booklets, notebooks, field testing equipment) 
    • Scholarship Stipends to Appropriate Camps 
    • Speaker Costs 
    • Supplies—Educational 
    • Transportation Costs for Field Trips 


  • Ineligible Expenses: Grant funds cannot pay for the following expenses:  
    • Equipment for Schools (cameras, computers, microscopes, I-Pads)  
    • Food 
    • Garbage Bags 
    • Gloves, Shovels, Rakes 
    • Pencils 
    • Administrative costs to prepare the mini-education grant application