Monitoring Montana Waters (MMW) is a program at FLBS that provides scientific expertise and guidance to citizen-led watershed monitoring groups. MMW offers two different types of financial support to watershed groups that have had SAPs and SOPs approved by MMW or Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). These funds are available to provide support for sample analyses costs (including shipping of samples), as well as the purchase of sampling gear.
Applications are due annually on March 1st!
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) administers the Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program in coordination with the Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC). DNRC provides fiscal management of the grant program and approves funding decisions. MISC manages the application process, reviews, and provides recommendations to the DNRC Director. Funding in the amount of $278,000/year for fiscal year FY 22 and FY23 was appropriated by the legislature for this program. DNRC may incur up to 10% of the yearly appropriation for administration of the program.
What is Hazard Mitigation Grant Program- Post Fire
The HMGP Post-Fire Grant is to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following the declaration of a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). Wildfires can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, and natural resources. They can also exacerbate secondary hazards and leave areas prone to floods, erosion, and mudflows for many years. The key purpose of this grant program is to enact mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.
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Montana Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with NRCS, is offering five (5), $6,125.00 awards, totaling $30,125.00, towards the cost of a Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) member for the 2022 term of service. These awards are prioritized for Conservation Districts interested in hosting a BSWC member. There is a required 50% non-federal match associated with this award.
DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting applications for RDGP Planning Grants to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects. Up to $50,000 is available per planning project to any city, county, Tribe, conservation district or other local government subdivision in Montana.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide support for training and related activities to build the capacity of agricultural partners, state, territorial and tribal officials and nongovernmental stakeholders in activities to be carried out to support the goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program, the Nonpoint Source (CWA Section 319) Program, the Wetlands Program, the CWA 401 Program, and the Water Quality Monitoring Program. Awardees will assess and assist state, territorial and tribal officials, nongovernmental stakeholders, and other stakeholders through knowledge exchange and capacity building.
The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help local watershed organizations implement DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plans (WRPs) by hosting a Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) member in 2022. A total of $30,000 is available. Up to $6,000 may be awarded to each qualifying organization to help offset the $12,250 cost share payment for hosting a BSWC member.
USDA Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service is introducing Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE), a new grant program to help rural communities create good-paying jobs and support new business opportunities in high-growth fields. The new grant encourages a regional, innovation-driven approach to economic development. RISE provides grants of up to $2 million to consortiums of local governments, investors, industry, institutions of higher education, and other public and private entities in rural areas. The funds may be used to form job accelerator partnerships and create high-wage jobs, start or expand businesses, and support economic growth in the rural areas of their region. Funding may also be used to establish and operate innovation centers and partnerships, such as integrating rural businesses into new supply chains, providing workforce training and identifying community assets. To help ensure long-term and sustainable community and economic development, award recipients must support projects for at least four years.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) requests applications for the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2021. There are two types of UAIP Grants types which are entitled (1) Planning Projects and (2) Implementation Projects.
(1) Planning Projects (PP): The estimated funding floor for PP is $50,000 and the funding ceiling is $200,000.
(2) Implementation Projects (IP): The estimated funding floor for IP is $50,000 and the funding ceiling is $300,000.
The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period.
The primary goal of UAIP is to assist eligible entities with projects that support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 will be approximately $4 million.
Goals of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding
From the trout-filled waters of Michigan’s Au Sable River, to California’s Cottonwood Creek flowing through groves of Aspen, to Georgia and South Carolina’s much-loved Chattooga River, these waterways are shining examples of the Wild and Scenic Rivers that course through our country. These rivers experienced an increase in visitation over the last year as more people sought time outdoors further reflecting the value of these wild places.
River and riparian stewardship, community outreach and education, and water monitoring by local organizations are vital to protecting these rivers and expanding interest and care from the public to successfully conserve these rivers so they can be widely enjoyed and accessed into the future by all people. Local groups around the country have long stewarded these waterways and seek to further protect and enhance these special rivers in partnership with USFS staff and engage a broader constituency in doing so. The goal of this funding is to support a shared stewardship approach, between local groups and the USFS, integral to ensuring that values of these designated rivers and streams (including cultural, historic, recreational, fish and wildlife) are both protected and enhanced.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP), is soliciting applications from local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2021.
The purpose of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Grant Initiative is to encourage smart, sensible and sustainable pest control in agriculture. The initiative, which is an extension of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), will enable grantees to implement sustainable pest management practices that align with the Agency’s strategic goal of providing a cleaner and healthier environment for all Americans and contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Proposed projects should address implementation of environmentally sound pest management practices, approaches, training, and innovations that reduce the risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural settings and, where feasible, lead to corresponding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. These projects will reduce unnecessary exposures to pests and pesticides through the adoption of integrated pest management practices and strengthen our shared goals of sustainable pest management and its intersection with climate change.
This program provides financial assistance to governmental entities preparing quality RRGL grant applications for projects that that will conserve, manage, develop, or protect Montana’s renewable resources. Grants for the preparation of Capital Improvement Plans or other management tools are also eligible for funding.
The Maki Foundation, established in 1981, makes grants for environmental protection in the western United States. In particular, the foundation is concerned with protection and preservation of the Rocky Mountain West’s remaining wild lands, rivers, and wilderness, as well as the wildlife that depends on these lands. The Maki Foundation’s geographic area of interest includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.
The foundation supports organizations working to improve public lands policy, protect biological diversity, and defend wildlands. The foundation looks for organizations and projects where modest support can make a significant contribution. The majority of successful applicants for Maki grants are small local and regional grassroots organizations working to protect public lands and rivers from threats such as mineral development, unconstrained off-road vehicle use, and poorly planned water projects. Grants usually range from $1,000 to $5,000.
At this time, the Foundation’s priorities are as follows:
- wilderness and wildlands protection
- river and wetlands conservation
- biological diversity conservation
- public lands management
MWCC Watershed Fund has Professional Development Support that is currently available for Conservation District Staff and Supervisors and for Big Sky Watershed Corps Members and Host Sites implementing DEQ-approved Watershed Restoration Plans. Click here for more information.