Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM) and Montana
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Grants of up to $3,000 to Montana conservation districts, watershed groups, county governments, schools, and county extension services to support local outreach and education activities addressing water quality issues and nonpoint source pollution. The program priority is to promote new activities and partnerships rather than sustain current activities.
The goal of the mini-grant program is to provide a mechanism to improve nonpoint source-related water quality through education and outreach activities at the local level.
Priority will be given to:
-New or pilot projects, before repeated projects
-New entities to the mini-grant program
-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 and correct budget, including required match
Projects no longer need to have a DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plan, though priority may be given to projects in areas with approved WRPs.
GrantWatch ID#: 175525
Up to $3,000
Projects need to be completed within one year of the grant being awarded.
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.
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
SWCDM 319 mini-grants require a 40% cost share (local, non-federal, in-kind, or cash match). The matching funds cost share is calculated by taking the amount of 319 funds request, adding the cost share, and taking 40% of that amount.
The spring call for applications will begin on February 2, 2018 with an application deadline of March 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM.
All awarded projects shall be reimbursed the awarded amount upon completion of the project and submission of a final report and invoice.
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:
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
Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana
c/o Jessica Makus
1101 11th Avenue