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Loan & Grant Programs

Conservation Districts "HB 223" Grants

Contact: Laurie Zeller

Fundable Projects: Any project sponsored by a Montana conservation district under its authority

Grant Limit: $15,000. Any request over $15,000 will be considered based on fund availability and program merit.

Application Deadline: Quarterly

Fiscal Year 2014 223 Grant Deadlines

Notification of Award to be Announced

July 30, 2013

NOVEMBER 4, 2013

January 15, 2014

April 30, 2014


Application form (pdf) | Guidelines (pdf)

Application form (word)

Final Report Format (word)

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Conservation District Administrative Grants

Contact: Karl Christians

Fundable Projects: Conservation District Administrative Expense

Eligibility Requirement: Conservation District financial need.

Grant Limit: Based on financial need

Application Deadline: May 1 , each year

Application cover page (word)

Application (excel)

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Watershed Planning Assistance

Contact: David Martin

Fundable Projects: Watershed planning activities such as facilitator services, developing a watershed plan, baseline data collection, planning educational activities, etc. Not intended for site-specific design and construction projects, or permanent staff.

Eligibility Requirement: Conservation District-sponsored watershed group

Grant Limit: $10,000

Application Deadline: Quarterly

“The WPAG has expended all of its funds for FY14 which ends June 30, 2014.  Notices for the FY 2015 cycle (funds being available July 1, 2014) will be made on this website, to all conservation districts, and the MWCC newsletter.”

Late applications will not be accepted.

Complete grant guidelines

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Education Mini-Grants

Contact: Linda Brander

Fundable Projects: Student and Adult Education projects that focus on water, weeds, or other natural resources, or equipment for classrooms.

Eligibility Requirement: Conservation District-sponsored natural resource education.

Grant Limit: $500

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Education Mini Grant Program

Fiscal Year 2014 Mini Education Grant Deadlines

Notification of Award

September 3, 2013

September 15, 2013

November  29, 2013

December 15, 2013

January 15, 2014

January 30, 2014

April 8, 2014

April 25, 2013


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Range Improvement loans

Contact: Bill Herbolich

Fundable Projects: Fencing, seeding, stockwater development, and other range improvement practices.

Eligibility Requirement: Private landowner

Loan Limit: $75,000 @ 3% interest for 10 years.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Range Improvement Loan Program


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Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684