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Grants to Montana Conservation Districts for
Environmental Conservation Projects

Conservation District Grants - HB223 Grants

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Montana conservation districts for projects that have a direct impact on environmental conservation. Funding is intended for projects that demonstrate a clear conservation and public benefit. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to planning, education, feasibility studies, demonstration projects, farm experiments, equipment, or construction of projects. Conservation districts may receive funds as grants or loans as long as funding requested advances the purpose of conservation district programs.

Projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Promotes or results in conservation
  2. Demonstrates a public benefit
  3. Demonstrates cost effective outcome for the district
  4. Fills an immediate need
  5. Fits the district program’s needs
  6. Produces matching funds or in-kind services
  7. Impacts a large number of people or acres
  8. Produces long-term benefits
  9. Requires funding only for the duration of the project

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GrantWatch ID#: 176674

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant limit for “on the ground” conservation projects is $20,000. Conservation districts may request more than $20,000, but 50:50 cash match is required for the entire amount.

The grant limit for education projects (excluding demonstration and educational events) is $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to receive a grant or loan, a conservation district must: a) have levied the maximum county mills allowed for the current fiscal year; b) have or are in the process of developing a special project as authorized in Montana Codes Annotated, Title 76, Chapter 15; and c) have need for additional funds above the maximum statutory authority.

Funds may not be used to purchase food, common items that can be easily borrowed, equipment for contractors, or items not considered essential to conducting a project or meeting project goal.

Pre-Application Information:

- July 16, 2021
- October 15, 2021
- January 14, 2022
- April 8, 2022

Preferential consideration may be given to applications that include money or in-kind services from other sources or that are for less than 100 percent of the total project costs. Irrigation construction or design projects, including sprinklers and drip systems must have a 50:50 cash match from the landowner(s) or other beneficiary (such as an irrigation district, ditch company, or community garden host).

Applications for weed projects must first demonstrate that funding was sought through the Noxious Weed Trust Fund at the Montana Department of Agriculture. Applications for aquatic invasive species projects must first demonstrate that funding was sought through the DNRC Aquatic Invasive Species Program. All weed projects must be coordinated with local weed districts—especially for the purchase and application of chemicals.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit to:
State of Montana
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Conservation Districts Bureau
Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601

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