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Jan Fontaine
Planning
406-443-5711

Paul Driscoll
Planning
406-444-6421

 

DEQ Announces Grants to Aid Water Quality Education and Outreach

 

[Helena] The Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Inc., is seeking applications for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to fund local education and outreach efforts that address nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues.

Thanks to a grant from Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), $17,000 of federal Clean Water Act Section 319 funding is available for local groups working on education and outreach projects that increase awareness of local nonpoint source pollution issues.

“DEQ is proud to partner with communities in raising awareness about the impacts of water pollution,” said DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “Educating the public about this important issue will help protect Montana’s water, and these grants will go a long ways towards achieving that goal.”

Nonpoint source water pollution may stem from widespread sources and is often generated by land uses such as agricultural and forestry practices, urban and suburban development, and precipitation runoff. Common pollutants include sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and heavy metals.

Examples of previously funded projects include workshops, conferences, trainings, and student field studies. Projects must address larger watershed efforts in the applicant’s area. Applicants may be conservation districts, local watershed groups, county extension services, counties, schools, etc.

Applicants must provide a minimum of 40 percent in non-federal local in-kind or cash match and have the ability to manage federal funding. An accepted DEQ Watershed Restoration Plan is NOT required for this funding. The grants are funded on a reimbursement basis only.

Applications will be reviewed by a funding recommendation panel from the Montana Watershed Coordination Council’s Education and Outreach Committee. Individuals from a range of organizations comprise the committee.

The call for applications round begins on February 10, 2014, with an application deadline of March 10, 2014. Available funding for this round of applications is $8,500.

For more information on the mini-grants, application forms, or for assistance in preparing the grant application, please contact: Jan Fontaine, SWCDMI/MACD, 406-443-5711, or by email at mail@macdnet.org or visit the mini grant wiki website http://montananps319grants.pbworks.com/319-Mini-Grant-Home

To schedule an interview, contact:

Jan Fontaine
Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Inc.
Montana Association of Conservation Districts
406-443-5711
mail@macdnet.org

Paul Driscoll
Public Information Officer
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
406-444-6421
Pdriscoll2@mt.gov

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