The MWCC Watershed Fund provides direct support to our community-based Watershed Partners for capacity-building, professional development, and on-the-ground projects on private lands. Since 2015, the Fund has generated more than $400,000 to help our local partners coordinate and implement natural resource management efforts.
The two primary goals of the Watershed Fund are:
- Increase the capacity of local communities to advance community-based, locally led conservation using the Watershed Approach.
- Provide a model for streamlining, consolidating, and leveraging resources for locally led conservation statewide.
Award amounts vary. Up to $20,000 is available for on-the-ground stewardship projects. Smaller amounts are available for non-project funding.
The MWCC Watershed Fund Committee is chaired by Robyn Boyle. Award decisions are made in consultation with technical experts on the MWCC Water Committee.
MWCC tracks Watershed Fund success through:
- Stream miles improved
- Acres made more resilient
- Stakeholders engaged
- Conservation practices implemented
We are currently seeking a Watershed Fund Committee member. Check out the position description here!
Watershed Fund Opportunities
2018 Project Support Examples
The Watershed Fund supported installation of fencing along Prickly Pear Creek to allow riparian grazing management that reduces erosion and sedimentation.
Volunteers put in fencing to protect riparian plantings as part of a restoration maintenance project supported by the Watershed Fund in the Bitterroot valley.