The Watershed Fund

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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 $450,000 to help our local partners coordinate and implement natural resource management efforts.

The two primary goals of the Watershed Fund are:

  1. Increase the capacity of local communities to advance community-based, locally led conservation using the Watershed Approach.
  2. 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.

Watershed Fund grants require matching funds. Each watershed partner has leveraged watershed fund dollars with other non profit contributions, grants, as well as local cash and in kind resources. We are proud to be merely one significant financial resource among the many that are creatively brought to the table by our watershed partners.

The MWCC Watershed Fund Committee makes final award decisions. Project support 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

2018-2019 Project Support

The Watershed Fund supported 12 on-the-ground projects carried out by 10 locally driven Montana watershed organizations in 2018-2019. Click on the map links below to learn more.

2019 Capacity Support

The Watershed Fund supported 13 locally driven Montana watershed organizations with capacity-building support in 2019. The following list includes both support for hosting Big Sky Watershed Corps members as well as more general capacity support.

  • Blackfeet Nation Fish & Wildlife, in partnership with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation
  • Blackfoot Challenge
  • Big Hole Watershed Committee
  • Bitter Root Water Forum
  • Clearwater Resource Council
  • Crown Managers Partnership
  • Gallatin River Task Force
  • Greater Gallatin Watershed Council
  • Lake County Conservation District
  • Lolo Watershed Group
  • Musselshell Watershed Coalition
  • Ruby Valley Conservation District
  • Sun River Watershed Group

The following funding partners make MWCC Watershed Fund support possible

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Arthur M Blank Foundation, Turner Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, Wilburforce, and Cinnabar Foundation.