HB 223 Grants to Conservation DistrictsFunding Sources: State Agency
Deadline: April 26, 2017
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GUIDELINES CONSERVATION DISTRICT GRANTS (HB223 GRANT PROGRAM) Background The 47th Legislature provided to the conservation districts one half of one percent of the coal severance tax monies. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation distributes these funds on the basis of need to conservation districts for any purpose that they are authorized to perform pursuant to MCA, Title 76, Chapter 15, Part 4. Since 1981, conservation districts have used these funds for conservation related equipment purchases, saline seep and weed control projects, conservation education and information projects, soil survey, and various other water and soil conservation related projects. The Resource Conservation Advisory Council (RCAC) reviews applications four times a year, depending on funding availability, and makes funding recommendations to the Conservation Districts Bureau, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Applications will not be denied because of race, color, religious creed, political ideas, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, natural origin or ancestry. The grant limit for “on the ground” conservation projects is $20,000 with no match required. Conservation districts may request more than $20,000, but 50:50 cash match is required for the entire amount. The grant limit for education projects (not including demonstration projects) is $10,000 with no match required. Conservation districts are also eligible to receive loans from this program.