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Application Period CLOSED

The 2021 application period for Education & Outreach Water Quality Mini-Grants is now closed. Our next application period will open March, 2022.

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How to Apply

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 an annual basis (opening in February). 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 for 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  Stephanie Adams, SWCDM Director at

Past Project Examples

Lake Conservation District

Augmented Sandbox

Lake CD created their own augmented reality sandbox for hands-on, engaging watershed and nonpoint source runoff education in Lake County classrooms.

Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group

Story Map

LCFWG developed a Story Map to provide a visual story about the scale of their watershed, impairments, and watershed restoration planning to the  public.

Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Pet Waste Awareness

GVLT provided educational signs and infrastructure to encourage proper trail etiquette as well as reduce E.coli and nitrogen contributions to nearby streams.

Lewis & Clark Conservation District

Living on the Bank

Lewis & Clark created this website to provide educational tools to assist  landowners on how to best manage property issues and improve property along riparian areas.

Sun River Watershed Group

Rain Barrels

SWG and the Cascade CD hosted a Rain Barrel event to promote activities that reduce storm runoff, conserve water, and supply non-chlorinated water for gardening.

Flathead Conservation District

Rain Gardens

Flathead CD developed signs, materials, and provided technical assistance to local landowners for implementing rain gardens in their community.

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