Funding for Cross-Boundary Forest Restoration and Management Projects
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has $4.5 million available to fund cross-boundary, on-the-ground forest restoration and management work that aligns with the Montana Forest Action Plan. The state funding will be matched with $500,000 in grants from the USDA Forest Service. Successful award amounts for projects that cross ownership boundaries are expected to be between $50,000 and $500,000. The funds will be available to federal, state, tribal, and local governments, forest collaboratives and watershed groups, as well as contractors, private forest landowners, nonprofit organizations, and other relevant partners.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) submission period begins December 1, 2020, with all project proposals due on January 29, 2021. Project proposals will be scored by the newly formed Montana Forest Action Plan Implementation Committee. Once projects are selected, funding will be allocated by DNRC.
DNRC will host informational sessions about the RFP process to answer questions and explain eligibility. Those sessions are scheduled for December 10 and December 16, 2020, and January 12, 2021. To attend one of the sessions, participants should email email@example.com for the meeting information. It is strongly recommended that interested applicants attend one of these meetings or contact the DNRC to help determine eligibility.
The draft Montana Forest Action Plan is available online at: https://www.