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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant

Grants to Montana Agencies to Protect
Aquatic Ecosystems from Invasive Species

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

Deadline Date:

03/28/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Montana government agencies to protect the State's natural resources by preventing, managing, and controlling invasive aquatic species. Funding is intended to support projects such as monitoring and surveys, education and outreach, treatment demonstrations, design, research, prevention activities, and control techniques.

The goal of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) grant program is to protect the natural resources of Montana from severe and unacceptable damage from aquatic invasive species (AIS). The proposed project must be critical and urgent and contribute to the protection of Montana’s aquatic environment. Public benefit from implementation of the project must directly relate to the prevention, early detection, rapid response, or control of AIS. The project must align with state AIS priorities, must show local support, and must be coordinated with related AIS efforts in the area and at a statewide level.

The state AIS program includes the Clean, Drain, Dry campaign and associated materials and products. Education and Outreach projects must be coordinated with the state campaign for consistency, accuracy, and brand recognition to ensure maximum effectiveness. FWP will provide outreach materials for distribution and customization.

Preference will be given to: AIS species on the Montana Noxious Weed List (see and Aquatic Invasive Species (see under the authority of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP); and to locally-led on-the-ground projects that result in measurable prevention and control of AIS. On-the-ground control projects are eligible for funding but require a management plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179248

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be awarded for up to $15,000 for most projects depending on available funding, the intended activities, and based upon a budget that is supported by a clear scope of work. Control projects that demonstrate need may be considered for funding above this level on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should contact DNRC before applying for funding over $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Project duration may be for 1-2 years, with significant progress expected in the first year of the grant.

The agreement termination date will depend on the project schedule.

DNRC will consider subsequent phases of projects for funding, provided that the subsequent phases are not programmatic in nature.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AIS grants are available to state, city, county, tribal governments, or other local government subdivisions within the state.

The following tasks are ineligible for grant funds:

- Activities outside of the scope of work
- Costs incurred outside of the contract term
- Routine maintenance and operation, as well as tasks that are programmatic in nature
- eDNA sampling/processing
- Salaries/wages, travel, and other expenses not directly related to the project
- Administrative costs greater than 10% of the total project cost
- Equipment that does not lead to the prevention, management, and control of aquatic invasive species or continue that purpose after completion of the project
- Indirect costs (for example, facilities and administration or routine program operations costs)

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 28, 2019.

The project must commit to using statewide AIS protocols and reporting methods. While a letter of support from the state is not necessary, a letter of coordination is recommended.

DNRC staff will pre-review applications by request.

Applicants may submit more than one project for funding consideration. A complete separate application form is required for each project.

DNRC will reimburse eligible project costs.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications by one of the following methods:

1. By email:

Heidi Anderson Folnagy

2. By mail:

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

For additional information, contact:

Stephanie Hester

Heidi Anderson Folnagy

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

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USA: Montana