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Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP)

Grants to Montana Organizations for Noxious
Weed Control and Habitat Restoration

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Montana Department Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP)

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 Receipt


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Grants to Montana organizations to restore prioritized wildlife habitats through the control of noxious weed species. Funding may be requested for weed-management projects impacting ecologically-significant wildlife habitats. Projects should yield landscape-scale benefits.

Grant proposals only from counties that meet MCA 87-5-806(2) requirements are eligible for
funding from WHIP. For reference, qualifying expenditures are as follows:

(a) biological or mechanical control of noxious weeds;
(b) purchases and application of approved herbicides;
(c) seed purchases and application of seed; and
(d) grazing costs as a component of an overall integrated noxious weed management plan.

Projects may include herbicide, biocontrol, and mechanical treatments, restoration seedings, and grazing improvements as part of an integrated noxious weed management plan. Specific expenditures are limited to herbicides and additives, biological control agents, materials required for restoration seeding or prescribed grazing management, and associated treatment and installation services.

Priorities for funding include lands that are open to public hunting and involve priority wildlife habitats; noxious weed infestations that directly impact habitat functions; broad partnerships; proposals with leveraging beyond the minimum match funding requirement; projects that retain or restore native plant communities; and projects operating at large landscape scales.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182948

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Term of Contract:

5 years maximum.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations may apply for habitat improvement projects in Montana.

Administration or overhead costs are not applicable costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period for applying for funding will be early October through December 15, 2018.

Applications must be received no later than December 15, 2018.

All grants require commitments of nonfederal matching cash. Each dollar of matching cash can leverage three dollars of grant funds. WHIP operates as a reimbursement grant program. That is, successful grant applicants will receive payments upon completion of specified project activities, based on actual expenditure receipts. Reimbursements will be 75% of the actual cost.

Collaborative grant applications, involving multiple landowners and watershed or landscape sized project areas, require considerable planning and coordination. The months leading up to the application period should be used to get organized, framing up details in preparation for submitting an application. As part of his preparation, FWP also encourages applicants to work with both the local County Weed Coordinator to ensure proper strategies for noxious weed management and the local FWP Wildlife Biologist for information on priority wildlife habitats.

Grants will be paid in the form of reimbursed expenses.

Contact Information:

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

For more information or to submit applications:
Kim Antonick, WHIP Coordinator
(406) 444-7291

If the file is too large for email, submit through the Montana File Transfer Service (FTS) at Send an email to the WHIP Coordinator (above) notifying her of the FTS submission.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Wildlife Division
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620

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USA: Montana