The MWCC Watershed Fund provides direct support to our community-based Watershed Partners for capacity-building, professional development, and on-the-ground projects on private lands.

The two primary goals of the Watershed Fund are:

  1. Increase the capacity of local communities to advance community-based, locally led conservation using the Watershed Approach to conservation.
  2. Provide a model for streamlining, consolidating, and leveraging resources for locally led conservation statewide.

To learn more about the MWCC Watershed Fund, click Here. For information about different types of Watershed Fund support, see our Project Support, Capacity Support, Professional Development Support, and Opportunity Support pages. You may also contact MWCC Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols at (406) 475-1420 or terri@mtwatersheds.org.

The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding to help our local watershed conservation partners develop the organizational capacity necessary to achieve community conservation goals. Up to $5,000 may be awarded to each recipient, with a total of $40,000 in funding available. Match funding is not required but is encouraged to maximize the impacts of this funding and our partners’ programs.

Proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 1, 2021. More details are available in the Request for Proposals on the MWCC website.

Purpose

The purpose of this funding is to fill critical capacity gaps, enabling local watershed conservation organizations to more sustainably and effectively pursue targeted conservation efforts identified within their communities. Projects must directly relate to community-led solutions using the Watershed Approach to conservation, and must also demonstrate a strong connection between organizational or community capacity and improved watershed health.

Eligibility

Watershed conservation organizations that are supporting local communities to advance community-based, locally led conservation using the Watershed Approach to conservation are eligible. This includes watershed groups; conservation districts; irrigation districts; water quality districts; non-profits; forest collaboratives; tribal communities; and tribal government agencies. Federal agencies, state agencies, individuals, and for-profit entities are not eligible.

Questions?

Please contact Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols with any questions, and to discuss your funding ideas. terri@mtwatersheds.org, (406) 210.1217

Thank you for your professional development funding request. The purpose of Watershed Fund Professional Development Support is to allow MWCC’s local watershed conservation partners to acquire skills, knowledge, and resources relevant to watershed health in their communities.

If your request is approved for funding, you will be required to fill out a separate form to receive reimbursement for your workshop, training, or conference. You must also provide receipts for event registration, lodging, car rentals, and other approved expenses. MWCC will send you this form upon approval of your funding request.

Please contact Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols with any questions: terri@mtwatersheds.org

Montana Watershed Coordination Council