Grants of up to $75,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations, county and tribal weed districts, extension services, conservation districts, and educational institutions to control the spread of invasive plants. Areas of funding include educational programs, research, and local cooperative projects. All grant projects should complement and enhance the Montana Weed Management Plan and focus on state or county listed noxious weeds.
Research ProjectsResearch projects may include chemical, non-chemical, biological, and integrated approaches to weed control. Creative proposals for investigating new weed management techniques are encouraged. Research proposals from agricultural experiment stations and the cooperative extension service for crop weed management research, evaluation, and education may be submitted for funding consideration. Research projects should:Support the State Weed Management Plan,Be developed in cooperation with land managers to address land management needs,Increase knowledge of noxious weeds and/or improve an important aspect of noxious weed management,Enhance a new or existing method of weed management,Provide the foundation for a positive long term effect on threatened natural resources,Contain specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely project objectives,Explain the purpose of the research, what research has been done in the past, and what improvement and/or increased knowledge the project will produce,Effectively disseminate project results to end users, andProvide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.Education/Development Projects
Education/Development projects include mapping, monitoring, planning, and education. Education/Development projects should:Support the State Weed Management Plan,Build partnerships and include collaborative resources from weed management resources,Promote public awareness about noxious weed impacts and illustrate opportunities for action,Be based on sound ecological principles,Include a detailed action plan of how the project will be completed,Contain specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely project objectives,Specify how project success will be monitored and measured, including long-term evaluation, andProvide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.Local Cooperative Projects (Continuing and New)Local Cooperative projects involve on the ground treatment of noxious weeds and require the participation of a minimum of three adjacent landowners. Participating landowners will develop a cooperative weed management area, map noxious weeds in the project area, develop long term weed control plans and must have a committed dollar amount for treatment prior to application submission. Administrative costs are available for Local Cooperative project coordinators that have not received a Special County/Reservation Grant.Local Cooperative projects should:Support the State Weed Management Plan and meet Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) criteria,Adhere closely to herbicide costs listed in the State Term Contract for Agricultural Chemicals,All herbicides must be used at state bid prices,Have measurable objectives that describe how renewable resources will be enhanced,Utilize appropriate integrated management techniques,provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project,Incorporate an annual monitoring plan to effectively track progress, andProvide educational opportunities for land managers. For more information on Local Cooperative Projects, see https://agr.mt.gov/_docs/NWTF-docs/instructions/NWTF-Grant-Guidelines.pdf#page=6grants for minorities

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