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Conservation District Grants - HB223 Grant

Grants and Loans to Montana Conservation
Districts to Protect Natural Resources

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

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Grants and loans of up to $20,000 to Montana conservation districts for the implementation of a broad range of projects to protect natural resources. Qualifying projects are a part of a conservation district plan and demonstration a conservation and public benefit.

Funds may be used for any project a conservation district is authorized to carry out, including, but not limited to: planning, education, feasibility studies, demonstration projects, farm experiments, equipment, or construction of projects.

Examples of past projects include conservation related equipment purchases, saline seep and weed control projects, demonstration projects, river restoration, conservation education and information projects, soil survey, and various other water and soil conservation related projects.

The 223 award for an educational event can only be used to pay for expenses that exceed revenues.

Conservation districts may receive funds as grants or loans as long as funding requested advances the purpose of conservation district programs.

Projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:
a. Promotes or results in conservation
b. Demonstrates a public benefit
c. Demonstrates cost effective outcome for the district
d. Fills an immediate need
e. Fits the district program’s needs
f. Produces matching funds or in-kind services
g. Impacts a large number of people or acres
h. Produces long-term benefits
i. Requires funding only for the duration of the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178927

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant limit for “on the ground” conservation projects is $20,000. Conservation districts may request more than $20,000, but 50:50 cash match is required for the entire amount.

The grant limit for education projects (excluding demonstration and educational events) is $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to receive a grant or loan, a conservation district must: a) have levied the maximum county mills allowed for the current fiscal year; b) have or are in the process of developing a special project as authorized in Montana Codes Annotated, Title 76, Chapter 15; and, c) have need for additional funds above the maximum statutory authority.

Funds cannot be used to purchase food, common items that can be easily borrowed, equipment for contractors, or items not considered essential to conducting a project or meeting project goal.

No monies will be given to a project, which is strictly for private benefit.

Pre-Application Information:

Preferential consideration may be given to applications that include money or in-kind services from other sources or that are less than 100 percent of the total project costs.

Irrigation construction or design projects, including sprinklers and drip systems must have a 50:50 cash match from the landowner(s) or other beneficiary (such as an irrigation district, ditch company, or community garden host).

Conservation districts requesting more than $20,000 must provide a 50:50 cash match for the entire amount.

Quarterly Deadlines:
-July 26, 2017
-October 18, 2017
-January 16, 2018
-April 25, 2018

Contact Information:

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

DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601

P: (406) 444-2074
F: (406) 444-2684

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana