The Watershed Fund

Funding opportunities currently available for Professional Development funds. Scroll to the bottom to see other types of Watershed Fund support.

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:

  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.


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 Project Support Examples

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The Watershed Fund supported installation of fencing along Prickly Pear Creek to allow riparian grazing management that reduces erosion and sedimentation.

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Volunteers put in fencing to protect riparian plantings as part of a restoration maintenance project supported by the Watershed Fund in the Bitterroot valley.