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Big Sky Watershed Corps Support

The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist our community-based watershed conservation partners with implementing DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plans (WRPs) by hosting a Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) member. (Find information on all local WRPs at DEQ’s Water Quality Planning Bureau website by scrolling down to Water Protection.) This funding falls into three categories:

 

  • Funding to help local watershed conservation organizations pay the costs of hosting a BSWC member to increase their capacity to implement DEQ-accepted WRPs and improve water quality.
  • Typically announced in July and awarded in August, ahead of the September deadline for organizations to apply to host a BSWC member.
  • Awards of up to $6,000 to help offset the $12,250 cost share payment for hosting a member.
  • Award decisions based on whether proposed member activities will implement DEQ-accepted WRPs and reduce and prevent nonpoint source pollution, as well as on the percentage of the member’s time dedicated to these activities.
  • One-to-one nonfederal match requirement that can be met through cash or in-kind contributions.
  • See the current Request for Proposals for funding to host a member in 2022.
  • Funding to support BSWC member-led, on-the-ground projects that reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution.
  • Typically announced in February and awarded in April or early May.
  • Awards of up to $10,000 to support BSWC member-led, on-the-ground projects that reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution in water bodies listed as impaired on Montana’s 2020 List of Impaired Waters and outlined in a DEQ-accepted WRP. You can search DEQ’s list of impaired water bodies in the Clean Water Act Information Center.
  • Award decisions based on the extent to which projects directly reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution, as well as the extent to which projects utilize the Watershed Approach to conservation and provide professional development opportunities to members.
  • 60:40 nonfederal match requirement that can be met through cash or in-kind contributions.
  • Funding for BSWC members and host site personnel to attend trainings, workshops, and other events directly related to increasing capacity to reduce and prevent nonpoint source pollution.
  • Available on a rolling basis, depending on funding available.
  • Awards typically less than $500, depending on need, to support professional development opportunities directly related to improving water quality, reducing and preventing nonpoint source pollution, and implementing DEQ-accepted WRPs.
  • Available to BSWC members, host site supervisors, and other host site personnel to defray the costs of attending trainings, conferences, workshops, and other opportunities.
  • Award decisions based on the extent to which the opportunity will help members and host sites build capacity to reduce nonpoint source pollution in their local watersheds.
  • No match required.
  • See the current opportunity for 2021 professional development funding.
 
Purpose

The purpose of these dollars is to help our local partner organizations build their capacity to reduce nonpoint source pollution, improve water quality, and implement DEQ-accepted WRPS in their watersheds. All three types of funding must be directly related to community-led solutions and engagement using the Watershed Approach to conservation.

Who Qualifies for Support?

Watershed conservation organizations that are increasing the capacity of local communities to advance conservation using the Watershed Approach are eligible. This includes watershed groups; conservation, irrigation, and water quality districts; non-profits; forest collaboratives; tribal entities; and tribal government agencies. Federal agencies, state agencies, individuals, and for-profit entities are not eligible. Eligible organizations must be hosting a BSWC member in the year for which they are applying for funding.

Current Funding

The deadline to apply for cost share funding to host a BSWC member in 2022 has passed.

Funding is currently available to support professional development opportunities for members and host site personnel in 2021. This funding will also be available for members and host sites in 2022.

Applicants must apply using the online form in Submittable that MWCC provides in each announcement of funding.

Here’s a quick video for Getting Started as a Submitter in Submittable.

Questions?

Please contact Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols with any questions, and to discuss your funding ideas.

Terri Nichols: terri@mtwatersheds.org

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