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Community Pond Program

Grants to Montana Agencies, Organizations, and Groups
to Enhance Local Fishing and Angling Opportunities

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Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) - Fisheries Division - Habitat Protection Bureau

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Grants to Montana government agencies, organizations, and groups for capital projects. The purpose of this program is to expand local fishing opportunities. Grant funds may be used for constructing and improving local fishing and angling locations. Preference will be given to projects that create or enhance opportunities for youth/family angling and youth/family angler education. Project sponsors must be working with a representative of Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), usually a fisheries biologist.

Use of Funds:

  • Community Pond Program funding may be used for costs of design, construction, repair, or enhancement of ponds for which public angling is a primary purpose. Improvements that enhance handicapped access or safety may also be funded.
  • Funds may be used only for those portions of the project that are necessary to create or enhance angling opportunity.
  • The project must be located near a community and should involve a pond-sized waterbody.
  • Project sponsors are responsible for routine maintenance of the completed project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177742

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State agencies, cities, counties, angler groups, civic organizations, or other community-based organizations are eligible to sponsor a project. Sponsors must be working with a representative of Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP)—usually a fisheries biologist.

The project sponsor is responsible for providing the property or access to the property where the project is located. Projects may be located on private property, but public fishing access must be guaranteed through easements or binding written agreements.

Funds may not be used for acquisition of property.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted at any time, but are reviewed in February of each year. Complete applications must be submitted on or before February 1 to be considered for the ensuing 12 months.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by March 1.

Matching Funds Required: Applicants must provide a minimum of 30% of the costs associated with the project. In-kind contributions such as heavy equipment time, construction materials, labor, engineering services, etc. may be used as match.

Sponsors must secure all permits required from local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. For pond projects, this typically includes a 404 permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and a water use permit from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Ponds may not be located within the 100-yr floodplain nor can they impact jurisdictional wetlands.

Contact Information:

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

Contact: Michelle McGree;; (406) 444-2432

Electronic submissions are encouraged, but must be signed and complete. Email completed applications to

Applications may also be sent to FWP at the address listed below.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Fisheries Division
Habitat Protection Bureau
1420 East 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-2432

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