Opportunity for Watershed Projects: 2019 Request for Proposals

The MWCC Watershed Fund has Project Support funding to assist our Partner watershed organizations in implementing conservation projects on private land. Up to $20,000 can be awarded to each recipient, and funding will be distributed on a reimbursement basis. There is a non-federal, 1:1 match requirement that can be met through cash or in-kind contributions.

Applications are due by midnight on Thursday, November 21, 2019 and must be submitted via the 2019 Watershed Fund Project Support Proposal Form. **Be sure to use the 2019 Project Support Budget Proposal Template included at the bottom of this page as the template for your budget upload in the application form.

Projects must be completed by December 30, 2020, with final reporting documents due by January 15, 2021.

Purpose

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to help watershed groups accomplish on-the-ground work with private landowners in their watersheds. An additional purpose is to support projects that:

  • Align with local watershed priorities
  • Measurably improve local resources, and
  • Address existing conservation and watershed plans, such as Watershed Restoration Plans, NRCS Technical Implementation Plans, regional Water Plans, local water quality plans, and other community-based conservation plans

Who Qualifies for Support?

All 2019 MWCC Watershed Partner organizations are eligible. Projects must occur on private land within their watershed. 2019 MWCC Nonprofit Partner organizations are also eligible, but the competitiveness of Nonprofit Partner proposals will depend on demonstration of close working relationships with local Watershed Partner organizations in the basin where a project is being proposed. MWCC 2019 Partner organizations are listed on the Partner Page on the MWCC Website.

Timeline

Funding must be expended by December 30, 2020, with final reporting documents due by January 15, 2021.

  • November 21, 2019: Deadline to submit proposals via the 2019 Watershed Fund Project Support Proposal Form.**Be sure to use the 2019 Project Support Budget Proposal Template included at the bottom of this page as the template for your budget upload in the application form.
  • Mid-December 2019: MWCC Watershed Fund Committee will review and select proposals for funding.
  • Week of December 16, 2019: MWCC will notify applicants whether they have received funding.
  • December 2019 – January 2020: MWCC will work with grantees to establish Memoranda of Understanding for project work and distribution of funds.
  • July 15, 2020: Interim project report due to MWCC for work completed through June 30, 2020. Report must be submitted via the online Watershed Fund Project Support Reporting Form.
  • January 15, 2021: Final project report due to MWCC for work completed through December 30, 2020. Report must be submitted via the online Watershed Fund Project Support Reporting Form.

What is Required of Participants?

Participants will be expected to report to MWCC on:

  • Project deliverables
  • Project-related outreach and communications
  • Funding opportunities leveraged for the project, including a full project budget that details total project income and expenses.
  • How the project addresses or implements local watershed and conservation plans, including Watershed Restoration Plans, NRCS Targeted Implementation Plans, State and Regional Water Plans, and local conservation plans.
  • Number of stakeholders engaged
  • Number of acres made more resilient, and how
  • Number of stream miles improved, and how
  • Number and type of conservation practices implemented
  • Before-and-after photos, taken from specific, pre-designated locations that remain the same over time.
  • Any future capacity needs related to the project

More details are available in the online Watershed Fund Project Support Reporting Form.

Additionally, participants must mention the MWCC Watershed Fund as a funding partner in all project-related communications and outreach, and must provide MWCC with project stories and photos upon request.

Examples of Eligible Projects:

The following are merely examples. MWCC encourages and supports innovative projects to benefit local watershed resources.

  • Riparian restoration
  • Upland restoration
  • Fencing projects
  • Riparian vegetation projects
  • Natural water storage
  • Source water protection
  • Off-stream watering for livestock
  • Restoration maintenance and monitoring programs
  • Invasive species treatment and management
  • Channel migration zone mapping

How to Apply

Submit a project proposal by midnight on November 21, 2019 via the online 2019 Watershed Fund Project Support Proposal Form.

**Be sure to use the Project Support Budget Proposal Template included at the bottom of this page as the template for your budget upload in the application form.

Selection Process

The MWCC Watershed Fund Committee will review and select projects based on the following criteria:

  • Applying organization’s status as a 2019 MWCC Partner
  • Applying organization’s use of Watershed Approach principles both in day-to-day operations and within the project itself. In general, the Watershed Approach:
    • Is tied to a distinct land area or hydrologic boundary
    • Ensures broad stakeholder involvement and inclusivity
    • Is community-based and community-driven
    • Relies on local leadership
    • Encourages collaboration with partners in the watershed
    • Strives for consensus, and avoids litigation as a conservation strategy
  • Alignment with local watershed priorities
  • Alignment with resource issues identified in the project proposal
  • Demonstration of community support and broad stakeholder engagement
  • Conservation impact
  • Connections to existing watershed and conservation plans including Watershed Restoration Plans, NRCS Technical Implementation Plans, regional Water Plans, local water quality plans, or other community-based conservation plans.
  • Applicant’s demonstrated ability to leverage diverse resources and funding sources to complete the project.
  • A project budget that is concise, understandable, and reasonable
  • A project timeline that is concise, understandable, and reasonable

Questions?

Please contact Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols with any questions, and to discuss your funding ideas. I look forward to hearing from you!

Terri Nichols
terri@mtwatersheds.org
406.475.1420