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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant

Grants to Montana Agencies to Protect
Aquatic Ecosystems from Invasive Species

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Montana government agencies to prevent, manage, and control invasive aquatic species. Possible projects include outreach and education, surveys and monitoring, prevention, control, treatments, and other related actions. This program supports efforts to protect the state’s natural resources from unacceptable and severe damage caused by invasive species.

Project Eligibility:

The proposed project must be critical and urgent and contribute to the protection of Montana’s aquatic environment from severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources from AIS. Public benefit from implementation of the project must directly relate to the prevention, early detection, rapid response, or control of AIS.

Activities include but are not limited to aquatic invasive species: (1) outreach and education; (2) prevention; (3) surveying and monitoring; (4) control; (5) treatment demonstration, research or design; or (6) other related actions.

The state AIS program includes the Clean, Drain, Dry campaign and associated materials and products. E&O 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 and AIS under the authority of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP); and to locally-led on-the-ground projects such as surveys and removal that result in measurable 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 comprehensive invasive species 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 l protocols and reporting.

On-the-ground control projects are eligible for funding, but require match funding and a management plan that includes: description of the problem, impacts to natural resources, alternatives analysis, and management actions supported by scientific research, funding strategy, monitoring plan, and metrics to meet management goals, stakeholder collaboration, and local support for project.

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. Contact DNRC before applying for funding over $15,000.

Term of Contract:

DNRC will consider subsequent phases of projects for funding.

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

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
-eDNA sampling/processing
-Salaries/wages, travel, and other expenses not directly related to the project
-Expenses related to presenting the project at workshops, conferences, or other public venues, unless specifically included in the scope of work
-Administrative costs greater than 10% of the total project cost
-Equipment unless specifically included in the scope of work
-Food and beverages for meetings
-Indirect costs (for example, facilities and administration)

Pre-Application Information:

On-the-ground control projects require match funding.

AIS Grant Applications are due on March 15, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Off cycle applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact DNRC for more information.

Contact Information:

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

Stephanie Hester
406-444-0547
shester@mt.gov

Heidi Anderson Folnagy
406-444-6691
handersonfolnagy@mt.gov

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana