Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) - Conservation and Resource Development Division
Grants of up to $20,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations and government agencies to develop and implement locally-driven watershed management projects. Funding may be requested for projects that measurably develop, conserve, preserve, and manage natural resources.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) administers a renewable resource grant and loan (RRGL) program to enhance Montana's renewable resources through projects that measurably conserve, develop, manage, or preserve resources. The RRGL program was established by the Montana Legislature as described in Montana Code Annotated Title 85, Chapter 1, Part 6. RRGL programs include renewable resource project grants and planning grants, irrigation development grants, emergency grants, private septic loans, private grants, and this Watershed Management Grant Program.
The Watershed Management Grant Program goals are to provide financial support for the development and implementation of locally led watershed resource management activities that are consistent with the statutory purpose of the RRGL program.
Examples of qualified activities include, but are not necessarily limited to:
-Implementation of watershed management projects;
-Development of planning documents;
-Public meetings, data collection, and other tasks related to planning;
-Staff time related to project planning and management;
-Hosting a Big Sky Watershed Corps member; and
-Professional conference attendance.
Watershed Management Grant applications will be evaluated and ranked based on the following criteria:
-Evidence of existence of a local renewable resource concern that will be addressed;
-Measurability of anticipated benefits to renewable resources;
-Specificity of proposed activities and project purpose;
-Connection to local and state natural resource plans;
-Evidence demonstrating local landowner, community and stakeholder participation in organization; and
-Financial statements and annual budget demonstrate fiscal accountability.
GrantWatch ID#: 178570
Maximum award per entity per biennium is $20,000.
Grants are allowable up to the limits below:
-$10,000 of applicant staff time for developing or implementing elements of a local or state natural resource management plan.
-$5,000 cost share of host site fee for a Big Sky Watershed Corps member whose service term will contribute to watershed health and protection, education and outreach, and/or volunteer generation in support of a local or state natural resource management plan.
-$2,500 for travel costs and conference, seminar or education event registration where elements are relevant to a local or state natural resource management plan.
-$2,500 for meeting costs to convene landowners and partners to coordinate locally led natural resource stewardship initiatives in support of elements in a local or state natural resource management plan.
Each award shall not exceed two years.
-Local government, state government, and tribal government entities.
-Nonprofit entities may apply with local government sponsorship OR as a private entity with match requirement.
Activities that do not qualify
-Political lobbying or litigation
-Program costs, rent, utilities, or other operational costs.
-Invasive species related activities-control/inventory of aquatic or terrestrial plants and/or organisms (use DNRC Resource Development Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program).
-Land or property acquisition
Local government, state government, and tribal government entities: DNRC will provide 100% reimbursement for eligible activities. No cost share match is required.
Non-government applicants: A cost share of 50% of total project costs must be provided. Match may be in-kind services or cash.
The next grant cycle will open January 3, 2018. The deadline is February 28, 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Brad Catron, Watershed Management Grant Manager
Lindsay Volpe, Renewable Resource Grant Program Manager