Education & Outreach Water Quality Mini Grants

Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana

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Grant amount: Up to US $3,000

Deadline: Mar 27, 2020 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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SWCDM is pleased to offer mini-grants up to $3,000 to help fund local education and outreach efforts that address nonpoint source water quality issues. Funding for these mini-grants is made available through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s federally funded 319 program. Mini-grants are available on an annual basis (opening in February). Funded projects need to occur within a year of being awarded.


The goal of the mini-grant program is to provide support for locally-led education and outreach activities that address nonpoint sources of pollution to Montana’s surface waters. A priority of this program is to promote new educational activities and development or improvement of partnerships. The mini-grant program is not intended to sustain current activities.

All awarded projects shall be reimbursed the awarded amount upon completion of the project and submission of a final report and invoice. 

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


  • Eligible applicants include conservation districts, watershed groups, local and county agencies, school districts, etc. that are capable of managing federal funding.
  • Proof of current liability insurance is a requirement and needs to be submitted with all applications.
  • A 40 % cost share (match) is required for each mini-grant.
    • Match must be from non-federal sources and may be in the form of in-kind donations, or state, local, or private cash match. 
  • Projects must:
    • Clearly address nonpoint source pollution
    • Have an education and outreach activity that directly addresses identified nonpoint sources of water quality pollution in the local waters


  • Priority will be given to:
    • New or pilot education and outreach projects
    • New entities to the mini-grant program
    • Projects implementing a DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP).
      • Check here for more information about WRPs and areas with accepted WRPs.


  • The following activities will not be considered for mini-grant funding:
    • Monitoring without an education and outreach component
    • Normal website maintenance
    • Baseline data collection
    • Projects already being covered by Section 319 funding
    • Administrative costs in excess of 10% of the requested funding
    • Food and beverage costs in excess of 10% of the requested funding