2017 Water Quality Mini-Grant

Grants to Montana Conservation Districts, Agencies,
and Schools for Water Pollution Outreach

GrantWatch ID#: 175525
Agency Type:


Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM) and Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

09/29/17 5:00 PM

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Montana conservation districts, local watershed groups, counties, schools, and extension services for local outreach and education activities addressing nonpoint source water pollution. This program prioritizes new partnerships and activities over sustaining current activities.

Priority will be given to:
-New or pilot projects, before repeated projects
-New entities to the mini-grant program
-Innovative ideas
-Projects implementing a DEQ-accepted WRP

Other review considerations:
-Application clearly defines project goals, objectives, tasks, and outcomes
-Includes opportunities for continuation or expansion
-Contains a complete budget, including required match


Up to $3,000

Funds must be spent and reported on within one year of the project award date.

The project applicant may be a conservation district, local watershed group (if a legal entity), county extension service, county, school, etc., and must have the ability to manage federal funding. Project applicants must also be able to show proof of liability insurance as required by DEQ to receive federal funding.

Priority will be given to projects that implement a DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP). For more information about WRPs and areas with accepted WRPs, visit:

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

Applicants must provide a minimum of 40% in non-federal, local in-kind or cash match.

This is the first call for applications for this funding. The fall call for applications will begin on August 16, 2017 with an application deadline of September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

A second call for applications will occur in the spring and will be released around January 2018. Approximately $10,250 will be available during the next funding cycle.

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

Jessica Makus, SWCDM Programs Manager

Christina Staten, DEQ Mini-grants Program Manager

Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana
c/o Jessica Makus
1101 11th Avenue
Helena, MT

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