Written by The Herald-News
The Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Inc. is accepting applications for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to fund local education and outreach efforts that address nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues.
Thanks to a grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, SWCDMI has $17,000 of federal Clean Water Act Section 319 funding available for local groups working on education and outreach projects that will increase awareness of local nonpoint source pollution issues.
Examples of previously funded projects include workshops, conferences, trainings and student field studies.
Projects must address larger watershed efforts in the applicant's area.
Applicants may be conservation districts, local watershed groups, county extension service, counties, schools, etc. The applicant must have the ability to manage federal funding.
Applicants must provide a minimum of 40 percent in non-federal local in-kind or cash match. An accepted DEQ Watershed Restoration Plan is not required for this funding.
The grants are funded on a reimbursement basis only.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the Montana Watershed Coordination Council's Education and Outreach Committee that includes individuals from a range of organizations.
The call for applications round began Aug. 26, with an application deadline of Sept. 27. A total of $8,500 will be available for this round of funding.