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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 noxious weed research projects, state and community education/development projects, and local cooperative - landowner cost share. Applicants may apply for funding up to $75,000 per project. Additional information can be found in the Grant Guidelines or the tabs below.


News and Trainings

  • Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Board Member Openings- Due May 19, 2017
    • Agriculture Crop Production, Herbicide Dealer or Applicator, Biological Research and Control Interests, Western County Representative, and Livestock Production.
    • To apply, please send a letter of interest to the Department of Agriculture- see more information under the Noxious Weed Advisory Council tab or click HERE.


Important Dates  (pdf version)

  • April, 2017 - Distribution of FY17 $7,500 Special County/Reservation Grant awards
  • April 15, 2017 - Status Reports due for Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants
  • November 1, 2017
    • Applications due for FY18 Emergency Funding
    • Applications due for FY18 $7,500 Special County/Reservation Grants
  • November 30, 2017
    • Status Reports due for open Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants
    • Final Status Reports due for FY17 Special County/Reservation $7,500 Grants
  • January 6, 2018 - Applications due for FY18 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants
  • March 5-9, 2018 - Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings, Helena


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 annually for Research, Education/Development, and Local Cooperative (landowner cost share) projects.


Specific Project Types

Local Cooperative Projects (New & Continuing)

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.

Local Cooperative projects are required to have a minimum of 50% hard match for commercial application, herbicide, and revegetation costs.

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,
  • 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, and
  • provide educational opportunities for land managers.

* New Local Cooperative projects require completion of an environmental assessment (EA) for the project area. EA requirements under the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (May 2010) include:

  • General Vegetation
  • Soils (includes soil maps)
  • Ground and Surface Water (includes project maps and well locations)
  • Air quality
  • Habitat of fish & wildlife
  • Threatened, endangered and species of concern (includes list of animals from MNHP or FWP)
  • Historical and archeological sites (includes a letter from the Montana Historical Society)

*See instruction tab for more details on completing the EA

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. Matching funds are not required and any in-kind match or forgone indirect costs can be noted in the application.

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, and
  • provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.

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

Education/Development Projects

Education/Development projects include mapping, monitoring, planning, and education. Matching funds are not required and any in-kind match or forgone indirect costs can be noted in the application.

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, and
  • provide a time schedule for beginning and completing all phases of the project.

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

Register & Apply Online

  • Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 per application.
  • All applications must be submitted by an authorized organization (county weed district, conservation district, MSU extension or a non-profit).
  • Register online at and choose Agriculture as your program of interest.


Application forms are submitted electronically using the online Montana Grants and Loans system. Applications are available annually starting in June/July. Registration and application instructions can be downloaded here, or found under the Instructions tab.

Grant Presentations

The 2018 grant hearings will be held March 5-9, 2018 at the Wingate Hotel in Helena.

Applications are reviewed by Department staff and the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council. Grant hearings are held annually in March, where each applicant provides a ten minute presentation (PowerPoint, photos, etc.) for their project. Applicants are notified of the date and time of their presentation prior to the grant hearings.

Funding Deliberations & Project Selection

NWTF grants are competitive. Applications are evaluated based on the degree to which they address specific criteria found in the guidelines below. The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council provides funding recommendations to the Department for final funding approval by the Director.

Local Cooperative Evaluation Criteria

Research Evaluation Criteria

Education/Development Criteria

Grant Award Process

Applicants selected for funding are notified approximately three weeks after the NWTF grant hearings. A contract is written to define all project terms, conditions and responsibilities of the applicant and will clarify all legal patents and proprietary rights that will result from the proposed activity.

Once the contract is reviewed and signed by all applicable parties, the recipient will be able to request reimbursement for eligible costs incurred. 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

Award recipients are required to submit status reports in April and November of each year of the grant. Status reports address project activities from both the preceding time period and the upcoming time period. A final status report form summarizing the activities, impacts, and results of the entire project is required before the final claim is approved. Find more detailed information under the Instruction tab.   


WebGrants Instructions

Environmental Assessments (EA's)

New local cooperative projects require completion of an environmental assessment for the project area. Continuing local cooperatives that have added new herbicides or expanded the project area are also required to complete an EA regarding the new information.

Download the appropriate instructions on completing the environmental assessment below:


  • The Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) is a reimbursable grant program.
  • Claims are submitted for incurred expenses online at
  • Receipts, invoices, spray records, and document spreadsheets are required for each claim as applicable. 
  • Download Claim Instructions here, or below in the Forms & Files section.

Status Reports

  • Submit project status reports online at
  • 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 final report for local cooperative projects. Remember to take "before" and "after" 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.

Extensions & Revisions  

State Bids (Herbicide Costs)

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

Legal Authority
Cooperative Forestry Assistance 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.

Upcoming Meetings

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting
Date: June, 2017
Where: Helena, MT
Time: TBD
Place: Conference Call or Scott Hart Building, MDA

Council members are appointed by the Director of the Department to help guide counties, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat the most serious weed problems in Montana.

The Council reviews each NWTF grant application and attends the week long 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.

Member Openings

Click here to read a Letter from the Director

Recruiting for the following open positions:

  • Agriculture Crop Production
  • Herbicide Dealer or Applicator
  • Biological Research and Control Interests
  • Western County Representative
  • Livestock Production

To apply or nominate a person to serve, please send a letter to the Department indicating the position of interest, and a description of the qualifications and expertise that you or the nominee will bring to the Council. All letters of interest should be sent to or Montana Department of Agricluture, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620 by May 19, 2017. For additional information please contact Dave Burch at or 444-3140.


Board Members

Name City Term End Qualifications
Ben Thomas, Director MT Dept. of Agriculture
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620
  Department Director & Council Chair
Jeanette Nordahl PO Box 874
Lincoln, MT 59639
6/30/2018 Recreationist / Wildlife Representative
Joel Farkell PO Box 284
Brady, MT 59416
6/30/2018 Consumer Representative
Margie Edsall P.O. Box 278
Alder, MT 59710
6/30/2018 At-Large Representative
Todd Wagner P.O. Box 529
Nashua, MT 59248
6/30/2017 Ag Crop Production Representative
Kellieann Morris 329 Airport Road
Stevensville, MT 59870
6/30/2017 Western Montana Counties Representative
Linda Eklund PO Box 73
Shawmut, MT 59078
6/30/2017 Livestock Production Representative
Kenny Keever 3990 US HWY 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
6/30/2017 Biological Research & Control Representative
Brian Ostwald PO Box 255
Joliet, MT 59041
6/30/2018 Eastern Montana Counties Representative
Jim Gordon 6618 South 12th Street
Huntley, MT 59037
6/30/2017 Herbicide Dealer & Applicator Representative
Jack Eddie 2 South Pacific
Dillon, MT 59725
6/30/2018 Montana Weed Control Association Representative


Noxious Weed News

MDA awards over $1.6 million in Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

Grants provide funding for noxious weed management programs

MDA awards over $1.6 million in Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

Helena, Mont. - Counties, conservation districts, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators across Montana will have more resources in the battle against noxious weeds after the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded over $1.6 million in grants from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund.

Certified Forage Tidbits

Seasonal Summary of the Montana Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program - ISSUE 02 DECEMBER 2016

Documents to download

Jasmine Reimer
NWTF Grant Coordinator

Phone: (406) 444-7882
Fax: (406) 444-9493


Dave Burch
Weed Program Manager

Phone: (406) 444-3140
Fax: (406) 444-9493


Carol Bearden
Weed Program Specialist

Phone: (406) 444-7880
Fax: (406) 444-9493


Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Forms & Files

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