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Applications will be accepted on an open and rolling basis until available funding is awarded.

First review period closes for applications: April 15, 2024.

Additional review periods: ongoing until December 31, 2024, or sooner if all funds are awarded.


The funding for the Conservation Education Program is derived from the State of Montana Fire Suppression Fund and from federal awards from the United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forestry and Trust Lands Division. 

  The intent of these funds is to provide program assistance and outreach efforts to children (pre-K through 12th grade) and their educators in both classroom and informal settings.

      Funds will be awarded to proposals deliver quality youth educational experiences. Examples of appropriate uses of these funds include:

  • Outdoor education activities for youth pre-K through 12th grade.
  • Facilitator training activities and associated costs.
  • Professional development in the field of conservation education.
  • Facilitation costs, meeting space, refreshments, and other expenses associated with hosting the aforementioned activities or events.
  • Travel to and registration for training or professional development opportunities associated with conservation education.

     Montana state, local, or tribal governments, non-profits, community groups, educational institutions, educators, or individuals.


  • Up to $30,000 is available for awards in this cycle. 
  • Awards are typically $3,000 or less, although the program manager may approve larger amounts, on a limited basis. 
  • Funds must be expended within one calendar year of the date of approval. 

      Applicants are encouraged to show match from the organization and partners to increase the competitiveness of their proposal, but match is not required.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.