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  Funding Opportunity Details
 93613-DNRC WMG 2020
  Application Deadline: 02/26/2020 5:00 PM
Award Amount Range: $0.00 - $35,000.00
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Program Officer: Jorri Dyer
Phone: 406-444-6839 x
This Opportunity is recurring   
Categorical Area(s) To be Addressed by Program  Natural Resources 

Program Purpose:

The Watershed Management Grant (WMG) Program goals are to provide financial support for the development and implementation of locally led watershed related planning and capacity building activities that conserve, develop, manage, or preserve state natural resources.  These goals are aligned with Montana Code Annotated (MCA) Title 85, Chapter 1, Part 6.


Eligible Applicants: 

  • Tribal government
  • Government entities
  • Non-profit entities (with local governement sponsorship)     
  • Non-government entity may apply with match requirement.

Qualified Activities:

Planning Activities-

  • Watershed Management planning activities that advances towards future grants or projects

  • Development of natural resource management plans

  • Staff time related to activity planning and management

  • Data collection, public meetings and other tasks related to planning

Capacity Building-

  • Improving organizational effectiveness

  • Grant writing

  • Fundraising
  • Hosting a Big Sky Watershed Corps member

  • Professional conference(s) and training events directly related to proposed watershed management activities

  • Materials necessary for proposed activity

  • Purchasing equipment. *

    *50/50 Match required for equipment cost.

Grant administration and reporting


Activities that do not qualify:

Ongoing operational cost-  

  • For example: Permanent staff time, rent, utilities, reoccurring/regular meetings/newsletters/media postings (i.e. quarterly meeting, monthly postings, etc.).
  • Indirect cost- expenses not relating to established scope/schedule/budget.

Invasive species related activities-control/inventory of aquatic or terrestrial plants and/or organisms.

Political lobbying or litigation

Land or property acquisition

Food or drink

Activities that limit lawful access to property (see MCA 85-1-602).



Application Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which the activity meets the following criteria:

  • Meets application requirements in this guidance 
  • The purpose of the grant and proposed activities 
    • Are stated clearly 
    • Results in watershed management and build capacity 
    • Support local and state natural resource plans 
    • Support locally led watershed initiatives that conserve, develop, improve or preserve state water resources 
    • Demonstration of stakeholder, local landowner, and community participation in proposed activity  
    • Proposed activities and budget items are connected 
    • Budgeted activities and schedule include grant administration and reporting


Available Funding:

  • Limit $35,000 per applicant
    per biennium
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