Opportunity for Professional Development Funding for
Big Sky Watershed Corps Members and Host Sites
The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) host sites with expenses for professional development opportunities directly related to improving water quality, reducing and preventing nonpoint source pollution, and implementing DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plans (WRPs).
These small grants may be used for BSWC members, host site supervisors, and other host site personnel to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Host sites that receive funding must demonstrate how the opportunity will help them to reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution in their watersheds.
Funding is available on a rolling basis, depending on availability.
The purpose of this funding is to allow BSWC members and host site personnel to acquire skills and knowledge relevant to:
- Reducing and preventing nonpoint source pollution in their watersheds
- Building long-term capacity to implement DEQ-accepted WRPs.
BSWC members, BSWC host site supervisors, and host site personnel who are actively implementing DEQ-accepted WRPs are eligible to apply. Additionally, these host sites must be local watershed conservation organizations, such as watershed groups; conservation, irrigation, and water quality districts; non-profits; forest collaboratives; tribal entities; and tribal government agencies. Federal and state agencies, individuals, and for-profit entities are not eligible.
What is Covered?
Awards may cover registration fees, lodging, and travel costs on a reimbursement basis. The Watershed Fund does not pay for meal costs or per diem. Award amounts are typically less than $500, but MWCC does consider financial need and the reality that some of our local conservation partners have high travel costs to attend far-flung trainings. There is no match requirement for this Professional Development Support, but MWCC encourages cost-saving measures including carpooling, alternative transportation, and sharing lodging.
To receive reimbursement, awardees must fill out a short reimbursement form detailing:
- What skills and knowledge they gained from the professional development opportunity
- How they will apply what they learned to reduce and prevent nonpoint source pollution in their watershed and to implement their local WRP
- What organizational, community, and capacity goals this opportunity will help their organization to achieve
Those who are awarded funding must also provide receipts for all registration fees, lodging, and other expenses, excluding mileage costs.
How to Apply
Submit your funding request via the online Professional Development Support Request form in Submittable. If more than one person from your organization will be attending the same professional development opportunity, please fill out just one request form for everyone attending.
If your organization has an existing Submittable account that has been used to submit previous proposals to the Watershed Fund, please login to that same account before clicking on the link above or filling out this proposal form. Do not create a new account. If you are new to Submittable, you can click here to learn more about how to set up a free account and submit a funding request using this platform.
Contact Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols with any questions. email@example.com