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2024 Application Period OPEN

Application Due April 19, 2024

The 2024 application period for Education & Outreach Water Quality Mini-Grants is now OPEN !





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How to Apply

MACD is pleased to offer mini-grants up to $4,000 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/March). 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 are not required 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 Brenna Rietmann, MACD Programs Manager, at

Past Project Examples

Augmented Sandbox

Augmented Sandbox

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

Story Map

Story Map

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

Pet Waste Awareness

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. 

Riparian Grazing Workshop

Riparian Grazing Workshop

Lewis & Clark CD hosted a workshop in Augusta to talk about riparian grazing management and its role in building resilience for future flooding events

Living on the Bank

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.

Rain Barrel Workshop

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.

Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens

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

Educational Videos

"Timely Turbidity"

CFWEP developed this educational video, “Timely Turbidity” as a way to teach 6th grade students about water quality and riparian health

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