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Water Quality Mini-Grant

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

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

Deadline Date:

03/27/19 5:00 PM


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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 funding source prioritizes the promotion of new activities and partnerships rather than sustaining current activities.

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.

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).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175525

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Projects need to be completed and reported on within one year of the grant being awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The project sponsor (applicant) may be a local governmental entity or nonprofit organization such as a conservation district, local watershed or volunteer 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 to receive federal funding.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The Spring Call for applications will open February 13, 2019 with all applications due to SWCDM by March 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

A review panel will review all applications within a couple weeks of the submission deadline and awards will be determined within 1 month from the application deadline.

Optional, but encouraged: Consult with SWCDM staff to ensure the proposed project is a good fit for the mini-grant program and discuss ways to strengthen your application.

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.

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

For more information about WRPs and areas with accepted WRPs, visit:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:
Jessica Makus, SWCDM Programs Manager
(406) 443-5711

Alternatively, send hard copy applications to:
Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana
c/o Jessica Makus
1101 11th Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

For more information or questions about the mini-grant program, project eligibility, or to discuss potential project proposals, contact:

Jessica Makus, SWCDM Programs Manager


Christina Staten, DEQ Contract Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana