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.
- Tribal government
- Government entities
- Non-profit entities (with local governement sponsorship)
- Non-government entity may apply with match requirement.
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
Improving organizational effectiveness
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-
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
- 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
- Limit $35,000 per applicant