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The Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) Grant Program was established by the 1985 Montana Legislature to provide funding for the development and implementation of weed management programs. Grant awards of up to $75,000 are available for noxious weed research projects, state and community education/development projects, and local cooperative - landowner cost share grants. Additional information can be found in the Grant Guidelines.

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Research Projects

Research projects may include chemical, non-chemical, biological, and integrated weed control. Creative proposals for investigating new techniques for weed management are encouraged. Matching funds are not required for research grants but can be included in the budget information. In-kind matches or forgone indirect costs can be noted in the application.

Education/Development Projects

Education/Development projects include mapping, monitoring, planning, and education. There is not a required match for this type of project, however, some match is encouraged.

Local Cooperative (LC-Continuing and LC-New) Projects

Local Cooperative projects involve on-the-ground treatment of noxious weeds and require the participation of a minimum of three adjacent landowners. Landowners will develop a cooperative weed management area, map noxious weeds in the project area, and develop long term weed control plans. Grantees may receive up to a 50% cost share reimbursement for herbicide, commercial applicator costs, and reseeding. Integrated weed management and education are important project components. New local cooperative projects require completion of an environmental assessment for the project area. Download the appropriate instructions on completing the environmental assessment below (all in pdf format):

Important Dates

  • June 2016 - FY 17 Emergency & Special County/Reservation applications available
  • July 2016 - FY 17 NWTF grant applications available
  • November 1, 2016 - Applications due for FY17 Emergency Funding
  • November 1, 2016 - Applications due for FY17 Special County/Reservation $7,500 Grants
  • November 30, 2016 - Status Reports due for open Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants
  • November 30, 2016 - Final Status Reports due for FY16 Special County/Reservation $7,500 Grants
  • December 1, 2016 - Applications due for FY17 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants
  • February 27 - March 3, 2017 - Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings, Helena
  • March / April 2017 - Distribution of FY17 Special County/Reservation $7,500 Grant Awards
  • April 15, 2017 - Status Reports due for Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

Noxious Weed Trust Fund Applications & Grants

Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 per application. Grant funding is provided as reimbursement for completed project expenditures.

Applications are submitted once per year to the Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) for Research, Education/Development, and Local Cooperative (landowner cost share) projects. Requested funds should be planned for use within one year.

All grant projects should complement and enhance the Montana Weed Management Plan and focus on state or county listed noxious weeds.

** Applications for fiscal year 2017 NWTF grants are due by December 1, 2016. **

Specific Project Types

Research Projects

Research 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. Matching funds are not required for research projects but can be included in budget information. In-kind matches or forgone indirect costs can be noted in the application.

Applicants are requested to contact the State Biological Control Coordinator at 406-258-4223 to discuss and collaborate on biological control components of the project.

  • Research projects should support the research needs listed in the Research Plan of Action section of 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, and
  • provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.
Education/Development Projects

Education/Development projects include mapping, monitoring, planning, and education. Matching funds are not required for education/development grants, but are encouraged. In-kind match can be noted in the application.

Applicants are requested to contact the State Education Coordinator at 406-444-9491 to discuss and collaborate on educational components of the project.

  • Education/Development projects should support and focus on educational needs listed in 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, and
  • provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.
Local Cooperative Projects (Continuing & 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 must have a committed dollar amount for the acres to be treated prior to application submission. Project area landowners will develop a cooperative weed management area, map noxious weeds in the project area, and develop long term weed control plans.

Local Cooperative projects are required to have a minimum of 50% hard match for commercial application, herbicide, and revegetation costs. Projects are funded only if matching funds are available from grantees. All matching funds that are part of another government cost-share program must be specifically outlined in the grant proposal.

Local Cooperative project areas must be part of a county or tribal noxious weed management plan and a current county weed management plan must be on file with the Department of Agriculture. Tribes may submit or reference management plans from the county where they are located, multiple county plans, or their specific tribal weed management plan.

  • Local Cooperative projects should support the State Weed Management Plan and meet Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) criteria as described in the State Weed Management Plan,
  • adhere closely to herbicide costs listed in the State Term Contract for Agricultural Chemicals,
  • include all project herbicides - additional herbicides cannot be added to the project,
  • have measurable objectives that describe how renewable resources will be enhanced,
  • have completed weed mapping of target noxious weed infestations and completed one year of cooperative work within the weed management area,
  • 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, and
  • provide educational opportunities for land managers.

New Local Cooperative projects with chemical use, and non-chemical weed control, require completion of an environmental assessment (EA) for the project area. It is important to allow enough time to complete the requirements of the EA. Requests for information required to complete the EA section of the application should be started by October. EA requirements under the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (May 2010) include:

  • Chemical Weed Control Projects
    Vegetation type, soil type, water resources, air quality, habitat of fish & wildlife, threatened, endangered and species of concern, and historical and archeological sites.
  • Non-Chemical Weed Control Projects (grazing, cultural, and mechanical projects)
    Vegetation types, habitat of fish & wildlife, threatened, endangered and species of concern, and historical and archeological sites.
  • Maps
    Surface and groundwater, soil types, threatened and endangered species (identify all surface waters by name on the surface and groundwater maps).
  • Letters
    Montana Natural Heritage Program and Montana Historical Society.
  • Lists
    Well locations and depths, threatened, endangered and species of concern.

Register & Apply Online

  • Applications for Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants are available online and submitted electronically through the Montana WebGrants system at fundingmt.org
  • Grant applicants are registered WebGrants users associated with an organization that will serve as the funding recipient.
  • Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 per application.
  • The application period for Research, Education/Developement, and Local Cooperative 2016 Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant funding is now CLOSED.

How to Apply

Application forms are submitted electronically and can be found at fundingmt.org using the online WebGrants system. Applications are available beginning in July / August. Information on using the WebGrants system and specific application instructions can be downloaded by clicking here, or find more detailed information in the Forms & Files area below.

Grant Presentations

Submitted applications are reviewed by Department staff and the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council. Council members attend the NWTF Grant Hearings in February / March, where applicants provide a ten minute presentation (PowerPoint, photos, etc.) for their project. An additional five minutes per application are allocated for questions from the Council. Grant applicants will be notified of the date and time of their presentation following the application submittal deadline. The 2017 grant hearings will be held February 27 - March 3, 2017 at the Wingate in Helena.

Funding Deliberations & Project Selection

Selection of successful projects is a competitive process. Applications are evaluated based on the degree to which they address specific criteria found in these guidelines. Following applicant presentations at the grant hearings, the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council provides their funding recommendations to the Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture. Final funding is approved by the Director.

Grant Award Process

Applicants selected for funding will be notified approximately three weeks after the NWTF grant hearings. Successful projects are funded through contractual agreements that outline each party’s responsibilities. A contract will be developed to define all project terms, conditions and responsibilities of the applicant. The contract will clarify all legal patents and proprietary rights that will result from the proposed activity and will incorporate the successful application among its provisions.

Once the contract is reviewed and signed by all applicable parties, the recipient will be able to request reimbursement for eligible costs incurred as outlined by the terms of the funding award. Costs incurred prior to final signing of the contract will not be reimbursed unless otherwise noted in the contract. The contract is effective upon the final signature(s) and date.

Projects must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, licensing and regulations for funds to be awarded. Evidence of such compliance may be required before grant reimbursement is issued.

Applicants not approved for funding will be notified in writing of the decision.

Grant Reporting Requirements

Project status reporting is a condition of receiving grant funds. Award recipients are required to submit status reports, online through WebGrants, in April and November of each year that the grant is underway as specified in the grant contract. Status reports address project activities from the preceding time period and planned activities for the upcoming period. Grant recipients are required to submit a completed final report form summarizing the activities, impacts, and results of the project.

Environmental Assessment Information for Local Cooperative (LC-Continuing and LC-New) Projects

Local Cooperative projects involve on-the-ground treatment of noxious weeds and require the participation of a minimum of three adjacent landowners. Landowners will develop a cooperative weed management area, map noxious weeds in the project area, and develop long term weed control plans. Grantees may receive up to a 50% cost share reimbursement for herbicide, commercial applicator costs, and reseeding. Integrated weed management and education are important project components. New local cooperative projects require completion of an environmental assessment for the project area. Download the appropriate instructions on completing the envioronmental assessment below (all in pdf format):

Claims

  • The Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) is a reimbursable grant program with claims being submitted for incurred expenses.
  • Claims are submitted online through the WebGrants system at fundingmt.org.
  • Receipt documentation must be submitted with each claim. Download a Claim Documentation Form for use in itemizing your receipts. Attach the completed documentation form and receipts to the receipt section of the claim.
  • Download Claim Instructions here, or below in the Forms & Files section.

Status Reports

  • Grant recipients are required to submit project status reports online through the WebGrants system at fundingmt.org.
  • Status reports are due April 15 and November 30 of each project year.
  • A final comprehensive status report is required at project completion.
  • Photo points are required with the November 30 report and the final report for local cooperative projects. Remember to take "before" photos.
  • Final status reports are submitted no later than 30 days after the term date as stated in the grant contract.
  • Download Status Report Instructions here, or below in the Forms & Files section.

WebGrants Instructions

Use the following instructions, also available below in the Forms & Files section, for using the WebGrants online system.

WebGrants Tips
  • Always use the navigation buttons within the Web Grants screen for Back, Add, Delete, Edit, Save, etc. Do not use the web-browser buttons at the top of the window.
  • All fields marked with a red asterisk * are required.
  • Forms can be edited after being marked as complete.
  • Hold down the CTRL key and use your mouse to select multiple items.

Extensions & Revisions

Use the following instructions, also available below in the Forms & Files section, for extension and revision requests, which must be filed via WebGrants.

State Bids

Refer to the Forms & Files section below for a full list of available documents.

Contract Resources

Legal Authority
Forest Cooperative Funds

Cooperative Forestry Assistance Funding dollars are available to help manage private, tribal, and non-federal public land noxious weed infestations. Requested funding must focus on state-listed noxious weeds and the project must be within an established Weed Management Area on private, tribal, and/or state lands in areas associated with federal lands with an active weed management program. The project area must have 10% forest cover or be lands with infestations adjacent to or associated with weed threatened forested lands.

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council

Members are appointed by the department director. The Council provides guidance on the Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant program that assists counties, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat the most serious weed problems in Montana.

Many hours are dedicated to reviewing Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant applications and attending the four to five day grant hearings held annually in March. Grant funding recommendations are made by the Council at the conclusion of the hearings and presented to the Director for approval.

Upcoming Meetings

Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings
Date: February - March, 2016 (check back for specific dates)
Where: Helena, MT
Time: TBA
Place: TBA

Board Members

Name City Term End Qualifications
Ron de Yong MT Dept. of Agriculture
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620
  Department Director & Council Chair
Jeanette Nordahl PO Box 874
Lincoln, MT 59639
6/30/18 Recreationist / Wildlife Representative
Joel Farkell PO Box 284
Brady, MT 59416
6/30/18 Consumer Representative
Margie Edsall P.O. Box 278
Virginia City, MT 59755
6/30/18 At-Large Representative
Todd Wagner P.O. Box 528
Glasgow, MT 59230
6/30/17 Agriculture Crop Production Representative
Kellieann Morris 329 Airport Road
Stevensville, MT 59870
6/30/17 Western Montana Counties Representative
Linda Eklund PO Box 73
Shawmut, MT 59078
6/30/17 Livestock Production Representative
Kenny Keever 3990 US HWY 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
6/30/17 Biological Research & Control Representative
Brian Ostwald PO Box 255
Joliet, MT 59041
6/30/18 Eastern Montana Counties Representative
Jim Gordon 6618 South 12th Street
Huntley, MT 59037
6/30/17 Herbicide Dealer & Applicator Representative
Jack Eddie 2 South Pacific
Dillon, MT 59725
6/30/18 Montana Weed Control Association Representative

Montana Noxious Weed Program
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Jasmine Reimer
NWTF Grant Coordinator

Phone: (406) 444-7882
E-mail: JReimer@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493


Dave Burch
Weed Program Manager

Phone: (406) 444-3140
E-mail: DBurch@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493


Carol Bearden
Weed Program Specialist

Phone: (406) 444-7880
E-mail: CBearden@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493

Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Forms & Files

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