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Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) Grant Program

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Agencies
to Control Noxious Weed Species

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Grants of up to $75,000 to nonprofits, conservation districts, county weed districts, and MSU extensions for projects to mitigate noxious weeds. Applicants for certain grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is available for research, local cooperative, and education and development projects. Grant applications should complement and enhance the Montana Weed Management Plan and focus on state or county listed noxious weeks.

Research projects may include chemical, non-chemical, biological, and integrated approaches to weed control. Creative proposals for investigating new weed management techniques are encouraged. Research proposals from agricultural experiment stations and the cooperative extension service for crop weed management research, evaluation, and education may be submitted for funding consideration.  Research projects should: 

  • Support the research needs listed in the Research Plan of Action section of the State Weed Management Plan,
  • Be developed in cooperation with land managers to address land management needs,
  • Increase knowledge of noxious weeds and/or improve an important aspect of noxious weed management,
  • Enhance a new or existing method of weed management,
  • Provide the foundation for a positive long-term effect on threatened natural resources,
  • Contain specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely project objectives,
  • Explain the purpose of the research, what research has been done in the past, and what improvement and/or increased knowledge the project will produce,
  • Effectively disseminate project results to end users, and
  • Provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.

Education/Development projects include mapping, monitoring, planning, and education, and: 

  • Support and focus on educational needs listed in the State Weed Management Plan,
  • Build partnerships and include collaborative resources from weed management resources,
  • Promote public awareness about noxious weed impacts and illustrate opportunities for action,
  • Be based on sound ecological principles,
  • Include a detailed action plan of how the project will be completed,
  • Contain specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely project objectives,
  • Specify how project success will be monitored and measured, including long-term evaluation, and
  • Provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.

Local Cooperative projects (continuing and new) involve on the ground treatment of noxious weeds and require the participation of a minimum of three adjacent landowners. For additional information about Local Cooperative Projects, see:

For information about special funding, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173458

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 per application.

Local Cooperative projects (new and continuing) may request administrative costs up to 3% of the grant total, maximum of $1,000, for project coordinators not receiving a Special County/Reservation grant.

Term of Contract:

Requested funds should be planned for use within one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applications must be submitted by an authorized organization (county weed district, conservation district, MSU extension or a nonprofit).

Funding assistance is provided to counties, local communities, researchers, and educators in their efforts to solve a variety of weed problems in Montana. Grant applicants collaborate with an organization, such as those listed below, that will administer the grant and serve as the recipient for funding reimbursements from the NWTF:
-County Weed District
-Tribal Weed District
-Extension Service
-Educational Institution
-Conservation District
-Other Established Organizations

Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant funds may not be used for:
-Application expenditures - developing grant proposals, grant hearing travel expense
-Purchase of publications
-Purchase of biocontrol agents
-Equipment purchases
-Project administration or indirect costs
-Capital improvements
-Annual herbicide for cropland/CRP practices
-Re-seeding efforts for alfalfa fields, grain for wildlife habitat, or other cropland situations

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant writing workshop will be help on November 6, 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM at the Pine Meadows Golf Course, Lewistown, MT.

This event will cover all aspects of applying for a Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant including completing an environmental assessment. Participants will also learn what to do after a project has been awarded: submitting reports, reimbursements, and using EDDMapS West/Pro. Bring your projects and questions with you to this interactive workshop.

RSVP to Greta (see details in Contact Information, below).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by January 6, 2020.

Grant hearings will be held March 2 - 6, 2020, and grant awards will be distributed in April 2020.

Grant funding is provided as reimbursement for completed project expenditures.

Applicants for grants related to education/development projects and research projects are requested to contact the State Education Coordinator and the State Biological Control Coordinator, respectively, to discuss and collaborate on educational components of the project.

Local Cooperative projects are required to have a minimum of 50% hard match for commercial application, herbicide, and revegetation costs. Projects are funded only if matching funds are available from grantees. All matching funds that are part of another government cost-share program must be specifically outlined in the grant proposal.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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RSVP for workshop to
Greta Dige, NWTF Grant Coordinator
(406) 444-7882

Jasmine Reimer, State Weed Coordinator
P: (406) 444-3140

Carol Bearden, Weed Program Specialist
P: (406) 444-7880

The State Education Coordinator may be reached at 406-328-4785.

The State Biological Control Coordinator may be reached at 406-258-4223

Montana Department of Agriculture
Noxious Weed Program
302 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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