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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:

10/12/18 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 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
-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 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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175525

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
-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 Fall Call for applications will be due to SWCDM by October 12, 2018 at 5 p.m. 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.

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:

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

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