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:
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.
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.
Please contact Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols with any questions, and to discuss your funding ideas.
Terri Nichols: email@example.com