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Aquatic Invasive Species

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) offers state-funded grants for the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The goal of the grants is to protect the natural resources of Montana from severe and unacceptable damage from aquatic invasive species.

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The proposed project must be critical and urgent and contribute to the protection of Montana’s environment from severe and unacceptable damage to natural resources from aquatic invasive species. 

Public benefit from implementation of the project must directly relate to the prevention and/or control of aquatic invasive species. Preference will be given to priority waters, as well as to on-the-ground projects such as surveys and removal that result in measurable control of aquatic invasive species.

Priority Species:

Preference will be given to species on the Montana Noxious Weed List (  and to zebra/quagga mussels.

Examples of projects include:

  • Baseline survey 
  • Monitoring
  • Education and outreach
  • Planning, e.g. management plan
  • On-the-ground control

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Eligible Applicants:

City, county, tribes, and other local political subdivisions. Non-profits may be eligible for technical assistance. Contact DNRC for more information.

Grant Amount

  • Up to $15,000 for most projects. Control projects may be eligible for funding above this level. Contact DNRC for more information.
Application Information

When to Apply:

The next grant cycle is planned for early 2018 depending on available funding. Off cycle applications are considered on a case-by-case basis . Contact DNRC for more information.

How to Apply:

Review and complete the 2017 AIS APPLICATION and submit to DNRC AIS Grant Program by the deadline.

2017 AIS Application (MS Word)

2017 Biennium Grant Awards