Mini-Grant Program

Water quality mini-grants are administered by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana with assistance from the DEQ NPS Program. For more information on the current grant cycle, please visit the

Mini-Grant Wiki.

A limited amount of funding is availible under the federal CWA Section 319 to assist local groups with education projects that are focused on water quality and nonpoint source pollution through the mini-grants program. These projects are funded up to $2,000 per project and are awarded twice per year beginning in July and January.

The mini-grants provide a mechanism to increase awareness of pollution issues and to improve water quality through educational activities. Successful projects focus on one activity addressing water resource needs. Examples include workshops, conferences, equipment, leveraging funds, etc. Projects must address larger watershed efforts in the applicant’s region.

Applicants may be local watershed groups, conservation districts, a county extension service, counties, schools, etc., but must have the ability to manage federal funding. Applicants must provide a minimum 40% local non-federal, in-kind or cash match. The grants are provided on a reimbursement basis. Each application will be reviewed and approved by a panel from the Montana Watershed Coordination Council’s Education and Outreach Work Group.