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Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Conservation Districts, Watershed Groups, and IHEs for Water Quality Analysis

Volunteer Monitoring Lab Analysis Support Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
201001

Funding Source
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Montana

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/23/24 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Montana nonprofit organizations, county governments, conservation and water quality districts, watershed groups, and academic institutions to help with costs related to the analysis of water quality samples. Funding is intended to offset lab tests and expenses associated with water quality monitoring projects.

Each year, DEQ seeks applications ffrom volunteer monitoring programs seeking financial assistance with laboratory sample analysis and shipping costs associated with water quality monitoring projects. This program is for laboratory analysis and sample shipping costs only and does not include funding for Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) development, travel, monitoring time, purchasing and maintaining field equipment, or other operational costs. All data that is collected using these funds must be uploaded by the awardee to DEQ’s water quality database (MT-eWQX).

To be eligible for DEQ’s Volunteer Monitoring Lab Analysis Support Program funds, the following criteria must be met:

  • Project is located in Montana within the State’s jurisdictional areas
  • Monitoring pertains to water quality
  • Monitoring is not for profit
  • Monitoring is voluntary (i.e., is not driven by a regulatory or statutory requirement such as Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination system permit monitoring, superfund, public water supplies, and water quality enforcement cases, other permit/application requirements, etc.)
  • Project preferably incorporates one or more person monitoring in a volunteer capacity (unpaid)
  • Project has broader, community benefit (i.e., project objectives produce information about Montana’s shared water resources and does not solely or primarily pertain to private water use such as individual wells or ditches)
  • Applicant demonstrates capacity for project administration and technical oversight (e.g, SAP development, training, monitoring, data management and submission, quality assurance review, data analysis, final reporting)
  • Project has clearly defined monitoring objectives and a sampling and analysis plan that aligns with those objectives
  • Monitoring aims to produce high quality, credible data intended for objective-driven data analysis (i.e., beyond solely for educational purposes)
  • Requests for funding are exclusively for costs of laboratory analysis and shipping


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants may include not-for-profit non-governmental organizations, watershed groups, conservation districts, local water quality districts, academic institutions, county extension services, and county governments in Montana.

Ineligible
This program is for laboratory analysis and sample shipping costs only and does not include funding for Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) development, travel, monitoring time, purchasing and maintaining field equipment, or other operational costs.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Call for applications: Thursday, January 18, 2024
- Application materials are due: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 23, 2024
- DEQ notifies applicants of tentative funding award decisions (pending approval of final SAP) and sends comments on application materials: No later than Wednesday, March 25, 2024

DEQ does not fund awardees directly but rather pays the lab for approved analytical and shipping services.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum amount of funding requested per applicant is $5,500.

Term of Contract
Funds awarded under this Call for Applications expire February 28, 2025.

Contact Information
Submit application materials electronically to abbie.ebert@mt.gov.

For more information, contact DEQ’s Volunteer Monitoring Lab Analysis Program Manager, Abbie Ebert, at the email address above or 406-444-5390.

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