The Watershed Fund

Agency: Montana Watershed Coordination Council
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About The Program

The Watershed Fund provides direct support to community-based Partner watershed organizations for on-the-ground projects on private lands, capacity-building, communications, coordination, and professional development. The Watershed Fund is administered by MWCC, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Since 2015, the Fund has generated more than $400,000 to help our local partners coordinate and implement natural resource management efforts.

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.
  2. Provide a model for streamlining, consolidating, and leveraging resources for locally led conservation statewide.

Award amounts vary. Up to $20,000 is available for on-the-ground stewardship projects. Smaller amounts are available for non-project funding.

The MWCC Watershed Fund Committee makes award decisions in consultation with technical experts on the MWCC Water Committee. MWCC tracks Watershed Fund success through:

  • Stream miles improved
  • Acres made more resilient
  • Stakeholders engaged
  • Conservation practices implemented
Contact Info

Terri Nichols, Watershed Programs Coordinator, 406.475.1420

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