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Watershed Fund Capacity Support

The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding to help our local watershed conservation partners develop the organizational capacity necessary to achieve community conservation goals. Projects must directly relate to community-led solutions using the Watershed Approach to conservation, and must also demonstrate a strong connection between organizational or community capacity and improved watershed health. Maximum awards range from $5,000-$7,000, depending on funding availability.

Previously Funded Projects:

To view examples of previously funded projects check out this blog post!

OrganizationProject Title
Beaverhead Watershed CommitteeBuilding Organizational Structure and Integrity
Bitter Root Water ForumCapitalizing on Momentum: Strategic Planning + Connecting With Streamside Landowners
Lake Helena Watershed GroupBuilding a Foundation for the Lake Helena Watershed Group
Lolo Watershed GroupEstablishing Lolo Watershed Group as the Local Leader in Protecting and Restoring Lolo Creek and its Watershed
Lower Clark Fork Watershed GroupPrivate Landowner Engagement & Project Development
Musselshell Watershed CoalitionMusselshell Watershed Coalition Strategic Plan
Sun River Watershed GroupBuilding Capacity for Organizational Resilience
The Watershed Education NetworkCommunity Engagement in the Rattlesnake Creek Watershed

OrganizationProject Title
Big Hole Watershed CommitteeUpland and Forest Health Restoration Program Development
Bitter Root Water ForumImproved Sustainability and Increased Impact Through Staffing Communications + True Program Costs
Blackfoot ChallengePrescribed Fire Foundations
Gallatin Watershed CouncilOrganizational Re-Branding
Kootenai River NetworkKRN Website Modernization and Transboundary Education Project
Musselshell Watershed CoalitionEstablishing a Cooperative Weed Management Area
Sun River Watershed GroupOrganizational Capacity and Improved Outreach

Purpose

The purpose of this funding is to fill critical capacity gaps, enabling local watershed conservation organizations to more sustainably and effectively pursue targeted conservation goals identified within their communities. Projects must directly relate to community-led solutions using the Watershed Approach to conservation, and must also demonstrate a strong connection between organizational or community capacity and improved watershed health.

Eligibility

Watershed conservation organizations that are supporting local communities to advance community-based, locally led conservation using the Watershed Approach to conservation are eligible. This includes watershed groups; conservation districts; irrigation districts; 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.

2022 Funding

The funding cycle for 2021 Capacity Support has closed. We expect to have another round of Capacity Support funding in the late summer or early Fall of 2022.

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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