Water Quality Mini Grants


SWCDM is pleased to offer mini-grants up to $3,000 to help fund local education and outreach efforts that address nonpoint source water quality issues. Funding for these mini-grants is made available through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s federally funded 319 program. Mini-grants are available on a biannual basis (spring and fall) and funded projects need to occur within a year of being awarded.


Eligible applicants include conservation districts, watershed groups, local and county agencies, school districts, etc. that are capable of managing federal funding. Proof of current liability insurance is a requirement and needs to be submitted with all applications.

Reimbursement and Reporting

All awarded projects shall be reimbursed the awarded amount upon completion of the project and submission of a final report and invoice. Projects need to be completed and reported on within one year of the grant being awarded. Final Report Guidance Document

Projects no longer need to have a DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plan, though priority may be given to projects in areas with approved WRPs.

For more information about the mini-grant program, eligibility, and how to apply, contact Jessica Makus at jessica@macdnet.org.