MT Watershed Management Grant Program

Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation


Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 30, 2018 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Conference, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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Overview:

Background

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) administers a renewable resource grant and loan (RRGL) program to enhance Montana's renewable resources through projects that measurably conserve, develop, manage, or preserve resources. The RRGL program was established by the Montana Legislature as described in Montana Code Annotated Title 85, Chapter 1, Part 6. RRGL programs include renewable resource project grants and planning grants, irrigation development grants, emergency grants, private septic loans, private grants, and this Watershed Management Grant Program. 

Program Purpose

DNRC’s Watershed Management Grant program supports watershed related planning and management activities which measurably conserve, develop, manage or preserve the state renewable resources and/or support the implementation and development of local renewable resource plans and the state water plan.

Watershed Management Grant contracts must be completed within two years.

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Local government, state government, and tribal government entities. 
    • Non-profit entities may apply with local government sponsorship OR as a private entity with a match requirement.
  • Match
    • Local government, state government, and tribal government entities:
      • DNRC will provide 100% reimbursement for eligible activities.
    • Private Entities:
      • A cost share of 75% of total project costs is required.
      • Match shares may be in-kind services or cash.
  • Qualified Activities - Grants will be awarded for the planning and implementation of watershed projects which measurably conserve, develop, manage or preserve natural resources.
    • Examples of qualified activities include, but are not necessarily limited to:  
      • Implementation of watershed management projects;
      • Development of planning documents;
      • Public meetings, data collection, and other tasks related to planning;
      • Staff time related to project planning and management;
      • Grant writing;
      • Hosting a Big Sky Watershed Corps member; and
      • Professional conference attendance.
  • Grants are allowable up to the limits below:
    • $10,000 of applicant staff time for developing or implementing elements of a local or state natural resource management plan. 
    • $5,000 cost share of host site fee for a Big Sky Watershed Corps member whose service term will contribute to watershed health and protection, education and outreach, and/or volunteer generation in support of a local or state natural resource management plan. 
    • $2,500 for travel costs and conference, seminar or education event registration where elements are relevant to a local or state natural resource management plan. 
    • $2,500 for meeting costs to convene landowners and partners to coordinate locally led natural resource stewardship initiatives in support of elements in a local or state natural resource management plan. 

Preferences:

  • Applications sponsored by a conservation district will be given preference in ranking.

Ineligibility:

  • Indirect costs are not covered by this program.
  • Activities that do not qualify:
    • Political lobbying or litigation;
    • Program costs, rent, utilities, or other operational costs;
    • Invasive species related activities-control/inventory of aquatic or terrestrial plants and/or organisms (use DNRC Resource Development Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program);
    • Land or property acquisition; or
    • Food.