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 USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Program expands and creates markets for wood products and wood energy that support long-term, sustainable management of National Forest System lands and other forest lands. The program has two national competitive grants programs, as well as project activities funded under discretionary agreements and annual work plans.
There will be a Pre-Application Webcast on November 9th at 2pm eastern.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 provided state and local aid to make necessary investments in water and sewer infrastructure. The 67th Montana Legislature passed House Bill 632 which directed the federal funds available under the American Rescue Plan Act for use in Montana.
Round 2 applications are due to DNRC January 14, 2022.
Applications are limited to $2 million/project.
Projects that received a competitive grant award may not reapply for the same project in Round 2. Specifically, activities and tasks included in an application that received an award in the first round may not be included in a project application for funding in the second round of competitive grants.
The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce the that it is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP). MAP is a national, competitive grant program that provides federal funds for on-the-ground projects benefiting America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The program supports action-oriented projects that enhance outdoor experiences, forest and ecosystem health, and engage local communities in caring for their public lands.
Geographic Scope: National, must benefit U.S. National Forests and Grasslands
Funding Source: Federal funds via the U.S. Forest Service
Eligible Applicants: 501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and federally-recognized Native American tribes
Match Requirements: 1:1 nonfederal cash match
Round 1: January 12, 2022
Round 2: June 22, 2022
December 3, 2021
The Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) Grant Program was established by the 1985 Montana Legislature to provide funding for the noxious weed research projects, state and community education/development projects, and local cooperative – landowner cost share. Applicants may apply for funding up to $75,000 per project.
Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Don’t know how to determine your local facility? Don’t worry, the application will assist you.
- Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
- Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.
- The 2021 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2021 and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2021.
- Applications may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain active in our system for 90 days, and at the end of this period they will be automatically rejected.
- Organizations may only submit a total number of 25 applications and/or receive up to 25 grants within the 2021 grant cycle.
- All organizations applying for a Local Community grant must be CyberGrants FrontDoor verified prior to applying.
For over 25 years, Montana Audubon has awarded grants to organizations in support of research and education projects directed toward wildlife habitat conservation. Funds are awarded from earnings generated by the Audubon Wildlife Fund of Montana, a permanent endowment.
We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients below. In 2021 we provided $1,700 in total grant funds, distributed among four worthy projects. Congratulations grant recipients, and good luck with your projects!
2022 grant applications are now open through December 17th, 2021.
The Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Program has a new project implementation funding opportunity: Environmental Water Resources Projects (EWRP) Grants. EWRP grants encompass WaterSMART’s former Phase II grants, as well as other types of projects that support water conservation, management, infrastructure, and restoration efforts. Funded projects must benefit ecological values and be collaborative in nature. Individual grants of up to $2 million are available. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2021, but beginning your application as soon as possible is highly recommended due to the time required to prepare for and apply to these federal grants. State, Tribal, and municipal entities, including irrigation and water districts, are eligible, as are nonprofit conservation organizations working in partnership with these entities.
Summary: The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 8 is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment
To qualify for funding, projects must:
- Enhance ecolologically important wildlife habitat through control or management of noxious weeds that directly threaten habitat functions;
- Use a landscape scale approach;
- Include areas with public hunting access; and,
- Include a minimum 25 percent non-federal cash match
Application Period Now Open for the 2022 Funding Cycle
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana is offering assistance opportunities for agricultural producers through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Regional Conservation Partnership Program through two specific initiatives. While NRCS accepts applications for these programs year-round, producers and landowners should apply by the Dec. 3, 2021, ranking date to be considered for this year’s funding.
The Shields River watershed received special funding as part of the National Water Quality Initiative, which targets conservation practices in watersheds to improve water quality. This initiative will work to reduce sediment and agricultural related nutrient loads and improve riparian function in the Shields River watershed located in Park County.
The Gallatin Valley RCPP project is led by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and focuses conservation efforts in the rapidly developing Gallatin Valley. The project concentrates efforts to purchase conservation easements from willing landowners and to complete land management activities in the valley to protect water quality, prime farmland and reduce urban sprawl. The current ranking date applies to land management activities for farmers and ranchers to complete conservation projects on their properties.
The goal of FWP’s Future Fisheries Program is to restore rivers, streams and lakes to improve Montana’s wild fish habitat. Entities can receive funding for qualifying projects that benefit Montana’s wild fish. Each project is assessed by an independent review panel and final funding decisions are made by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
To learn more about the Future Fisheries Improvement Program, and to download the grant application form, go to the FFIP website at https://fwp.mt.gov/ffip, email FWPFFIP@mt.gov or call the program manager at 406-444-2432.
Completed Future Fisheries Improvement Program applications must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15 and should be sent electronically to FWPFFIP@mt.gov. Paper applications can be sent to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Habitat Bureau, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
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.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is now accepting proposals for its Watershed Management Grants (WMG) program. WMG program goals are to provide financial support for the development and implementation of locally led, watershed-related planning and capacity building activities that conserve, develop, improve, or preserve state natural resources. The maximum award amount is $35,000, and proposals are due by 5 pm on November 1, 2021.
Local, state, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply with no match requirements. Non-profit entities may apply with local government sponsorship or with a 1:1 match requirement. For more details, see the WMG page. To apply, go to DNRC’s Grants Submission Manager.
The goals of the Urban Forest Innovation Award include:
- Promote innovative and significant projects that raise awareness through urban forestry
- Tie into Montana’s Forest Action Plan, address urban forestry implementation strategies
- Improve condition and function of urban landscapes and green infrastructure in Montana communities.
The 319 Nonpoint Source Program provides funding for design and implementation of projects that reduce and prevent nonpoint source pollution in impaired waterbodies while improving water quality and restoring natural stream and lake processes.
For additional information click here and go to the Watershed Protection section and click on the Nonpoint Source Program.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Northern Great Plains program is designed to conserve mixed grass prairie and associated wildlife populations of the northern prairie.
The vast grasslands of the Northern Great Plains support a unique assemblage of wildlife adapted to the wide open spaces. Thanks to generations of land stewardship by ranchers, tribes and public agencies, much of the Northern Great Plains remains as native grassland that is productive for people and wildlife.
However, this unparalleled resource is facing threats including conversion to cropland, energy development, invasive species, and a lack of capacity to manage the grasslands of this vast region. NFWF’s Northern Great Plains program works with willing private landowners and local partners to address these challenges by conserving and restoring native prairie and wildlife while also enhancing local ranching and tribal communities.
Working through partnerships, NFWF’s goal is to directly maintain or improve 1 million acres of interconnected, native grasslands in focal areas within the Northern Great Plains to sustain healthy populations of grassland-obligate species while fostering sustainable livelihoods and preserving cultural identities.
Grants will be made to support conservation projects in four focal areas: Dakota Grasslands, Missouri-Milk River Grasslands, Powder River-Thunder Basin Grasslands and Nebraska Sandhills Grasslands.
- Grant request may not exceed $100,000.
- Partners must match their grant request at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. For example, applicants requesting a $100,000 grant would also need to contribute at least $100,000 in partner funds (from nonfederal sources) towards the project. Funds that pass through a nonfederal partner but originate from the Federal government are not eligible as match.
- All eligible costs must be directly linked to eligible acquired, restored, or established acres that are completed DURING the project period. This means that each grant and match dollar, except for indirect costs, must be linked to an acre acquired, restored, and/or enhanced.
- In general, laws and requirements that apply to activities funded with NAWCA dollars also apply to items either funded with match dollars or provided as in-kind match (i.e. real property interests). There are very few differences in grant and match for grant administration purposes.
- Grantees are held accountable for both acres and match, as defined in the proposal (as revised) and grant agreement. Without prior approval, accomplishing less than 100 percent of acres or match will result in a reduction of the award amount. This means that you may have to return grant funds if, for example, you do not acquire all the acres you propose to buy, even with match dollars.
- Proposals must be for on-the-ground projects.
- Proposals that keep grant costs not directly associated with acquisition, restoration, enhancement or establishment activities (e.g., grant administration, overhead, indirect costs) below 20% of the grant request are generally more competitive. As an exception, if your organization has an officially negotiated indirect cost rate agreement with a US federal agency, you may use your negotiated rate even when it exceeds 20%. However, having a cost that is lower than the negotiated rate may make your proposal more competitive.
The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding to help our local watershed conservation partners develop the organizational capacity necessary to achieve community conservation goals. Up to $5,000 may be awarded to each recipient, with a total of $40,000 in funding available. Match funding is not required but is encouraged to maximize the impacts of this funding and our partners’ programs.
Proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 1, 2021. Funding decisions will be made in November 2021. Funding will be distributed upon completion of a contract between MWCC and the grantee.
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.
For more information click here.
The Tourism Grant Program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the State’s tourism and recreation industry. Funds are awarded annually to projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products that have the potential to increase non-resident visitation.
The Tourism Grant Program is funded by the 4% Lodging Facility Use Tax; commonly known as the “Bed Tax”. Enacted by the 1987 Legislature, the Bed Tax is collected from guests of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, resorts, short-term vacation rentals, and campgrounds. Distribution of the 4% collected funds is determined by statute and can be found on the Montana Tourism Fast Facts Tourism Funding and Revenue guide.
Of the collected bed tax distributed to the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, approximately $750,000 is awarded to projects in an annual cycle through the Tourism Grant Program.
Mosaic is a national grantmaking initiative strengthening the field-wide movement infrastructure that supports people working to ensure clean air and water, a safe climate, healthy and just communities for all, and thriving natural systems. By supporting movement infrastructure – vibrant connections and indispensable shared tools across the environmental field – Mosaic seeks to equip organizations and advocates to achieve the most important environmental victories.
In this second annual RFP, Mosaic will distribute $5M to fund projects that advance one or more of six types of field-wide movement infrastructure: communications, leadership development, advocacy tools & training, data & information, relationships & trust, and philanthropic innovation. Projects must be collaborative by design, engage and benefit multiple stakeholders, and create shared tools that are widely beneficial to movement members as opposed to narrowly focused on one or a small number of organizations.
The DNRC Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program (RRGL) is accepting planning grant applications. Planning grants are available to government entities for planning activities which lead to an RRGL program project application to conserve, manage, develop or protect a renewable resource in Montana.
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.
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.