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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant Program

Grants to Montana Agencies, Communities, Organizations, and
Tribes to Protect Water Resources from Harmful Species

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

Deadline Date:

10/19/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Montana tribes, communities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations for programs and projects to protect the state's water resources from harmful species. Funding is intended for programs in research, education and outreach, early detection, prevention, and treatment. AIS grants are intended to increase local capacity and involvement to address AIS issues.

Grant Types:

  • On-the-ground projects: Projects or programs that address AIS priorities and other eligible projects. Typically, these are monitoring and control projects.
  • Education and outreach projects: Expand capacity and distribution of AIS outreach and education to improve AIS awareness and reinforce the Clean Drain Dry message.
  • AIS research projects: Applied research investigating techniques and strategies to improve AIS prevention, early detection, education, or control. Projects must be applied research that addresses existing AIS priorities, gaps, questions, or needs.

Current state-wide priorities that have been identified and vetted with former grantees and stakeholders for the upcoming AIS grant cycle include grants related to:

  • Monitoring / early detection projects to expand local capacity and involvement in multi- AIS taxa early detection efforts.
  • AIS outreach projects that expand AIS awareness at the local level.
  • AIS research projects including eDNA research related to dreissenid mussel early detection addressing eDNA Science Advisory Panel recommendations.

Locally-led proposals that address the state-wide priorities will receive ranking preference, however all eligible grant requests will be evaluated and considered.

Projects must align with state AIS priorities, show local support, and be coordinated with related AIS efforts in the area including aquatic invasive species management plans. Priority will be given to local partnerships that demonstrate the administrative, financial, and management capacity to implement the project. The project must commit to using statewide AIS protocols and reporting.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179248

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Limits: $50,000 per project

Term of Contract:

Projects can be up to 18 months with a one-year extension if needed. Grantee must request any extension in writing to DNRC for approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AIS grants are available to Montana communities or local, state, tribal, or other entities within the state and to Montana-based non-governmental organizations.

Ineligible Costs:
- Activities outside of the scope of work
- Costs incurred outside of the contract term
- Routine maintenance and operation
- eDNA sampling/processing unless related to an eDNA research project
- Salaries/wages, travel, and other expenses not directly related to the project
- Administrative costs greater than 10% of the total project cost
- Indirect costs (for example, facilities and administration)

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2020.

A MISC meeting will be scheduled following the grant review process to conduct AIS Grant Hearings, which include applicant presentations, project Q&A, and MISC funding deliberations and vote.

Application Presentations:
Applicants of eligible applications will have the opportunity to provide a 5-10-minute presentation describing the scope, schedule, and budget of their project during the grant cycle’s AIS Grant Hearing. Applicants may attend in person or provide their presentation via teleconference. MISC members will be able to ask the applicant questions following their presentation.

Applicants may submit applications for more than one project during a cycle.

Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with FWP prior to application submission.

Matching funds are not required but will be considered in the review process. Match can include hard dollars or in-kind contributions.

DNRC will reimburse project costs upon receipt and approval of requests for payment, supporting documentation, and accompanying progress reports.

Contact Information:

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

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Stephanie Criswell, AIS Grant Manager

For more information about AIS education and outreach, contact Liz Lodman at or 406-444-9940.

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Resource Development Bureau
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601

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