Professional Development Support 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. To apply, read the information below before filling out the online Watershed Fund Professional Development Support Request Form.
To apply for funding, you must sign up for an account with the online platform Submittable and fill out the form there. If your organization has an existing Submittable account, please login with that account rather than following any prompts to create a new one. If you are creating a new Submittable account, please fill out the “First Name” and “Last Name” fields with the name of your organization, rather than your personal name.
MWCC has funding to assist our community-based watershed conservation partners with expenses related to professional development. This may include attending trainings or conferences relevant to such issues as watershed and community health, effective grant-writing and management, or effective community engagement. It also includes opportunities to implement skills and knowledge acquired at trainings and conferences, which MWCC will discuss with organizations after trainings are completed.
Funding is available on a rolling basis, depending on availability, and will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Instructions on funding requirements and how to apply are below. Please read this page before applying.
The purpose of these dollars is to allow watershed organizations to acquire skills and knowledge relevant to watershed health in their communities. A secondary purpose is to provide support for the implementation of new tools and the application of new skills that are critical to organizational sustainability or project implementation.
Who Qualifies for Support?
MWCC partner organizations who are increasing the capacity of local communities to advance community-based, locally led conservation using the Watershed Approach to conservation are eligible. This includes watershed groups; conservation, irrigation, and water quality districts; non-profits; forest collaboratives; tribal communities; and tribal government agencies. Federal agencies, state agencies, individuals, and for-profit entities are not eligible.
What is Required of Participants?
After attending a training, conference, or other professional development opportunity, participants will be expected to complete a brief online reimbursement form to report on the impacts of their experience. MWCC will email a link to this form upon approval of an organization’s initial request for funding. Reports must be completed within two weeks of the end of the professional development opportunity. MWCC will reimburse participants upon receiving the reimbursement form.
In addition to reporting on efforts to reduce costs and expenses to be reimbursed, the reimbursement form includes the following questions:
- Brief Description of the Training or Event Content
- If applicable, describe how this training will be used to implement your basin’s Watershed Restoration Plan moving forward.
- If applicable, describe how this training will be used to help develop, plan, or implement a state or regional Water Plan, NRCS Long Range Plan or Targeted Implementation Plan, local water quality plan, or other community-based conservation plan.
- How will this professional development opportunity affect your organization’s capacity and/or sustainability? Include specific skills or resources you gained, where applicable.
- How will this professional development opportunity contribute to the health of your watershed and your community?
- Is there anything else about this professional development opportunity that would be useful for MWCC to know?
- Does your organization need additional support to implement skills, knowledge, or practices learned at this training or event? If so, please describe how much time and what type of efforts would be needed, as well as the approximate costs of implementation.
Examples of Eligible Professional Development Opportunities:
- Attending a training or conference relevant to building the capacity of your organization.
- Attending a training or conference that will provide specific skills or knowledge necessary for carrying out watershed conservation in your community.
- Attending a training or conference relevant to developing, planning, or implementing conservation and watershed plans in your area.
- Implementing new tools and applying new skills learned during a professional development opportunity. ***Note that need for funds for implementation of tools and skills will be determined after trainings have been completed. These opportunities are not included as part of the online professional development support request form.
- Other professional development opportunities will be considered.
Review criteria for professional development opportunities include:
- Proposed professional development opportunity will measurably improve internal operations or external community-based conservation efforts
- Proposed professional development opportunity will provide meaningful skills and knowledge that will positively affect organizational capacity, sustainability, or scaling up of watershed efforts
- Relevance to developing, planning, or implementing conservation and watershed plans in your area, including, in the case of available 319 funds, implementing DEQ-approved Watershed Restoration Plans.
- Use of Watershed Approach principles by the applying organization, and within the proposal
- Application demonstrates need and efforts to minimize costs
Funding is available on a rolling basis, depending on availability.
How to Apply
Apply for this funding by filling out the Watershed Fund Professional Development Support Request Form (click here to preview the questions). To see and fill out this form, you must sign up for an account with the online platform Submittable. If your organization has an existing Submittable account, please login with that account rather than following any prompts to create a new one. If you are creating a new Submittable account, please fill out the “First Name” and “Last Name” fields with the name of your organization, rather than your personal name.
Feel free to contact us with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you.