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Watershed Fund Capacity Support

The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding to assist our community-based watershed conservation partners with building capacity in organizational development, sustainability, coordination, project planning, communications, and outreach. Capacity funding is intended to provide the tools, knowledge and resources to allow our partners to effectively and sustainably carry out locally driven conservation – and their core missions – over the long term. Maximum awards range from $5,000-$7,000.

Previously Funded Projects:

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


The purpose of these dollars is to fill critical capacity funding gaps of our local partner organizations. Activities funded will allow watershed organizations to measurably improve their internal operations and external community-based conservation efforts, through targeted efforts in organizational development and sustainability, coordination, project planning, communications, and outreach. Projects 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.

2021 Funding

Capacity Support funding will be available later in 2021.

Applicants must apply using the online form in Submittable that MWCC will provide with the 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