The Gallatin Conservation District provides cost share assistance to private landowners in Gallatin County for a number of different natural resource / conservation projects.
All questions about Gallatin Conservation Districts Cost Share Programs can be directed to Sarah Bowman via email (email@example.com) or phone (406-282-4350).
All applications and additional required materials for the following Cost Share Programs can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org OR mailed to the Gallatin CD office located at: 120 S 5th St, B104, PO Box 569, Manhattan, MT 59741 OR dropped off in the office drop box located outside of the front office doors.
Conservation Cost Share Program
Gallatin Conservation District is offering a cost share program for Gallatin County landowners for natural resource-based projects. Gallatin CD will fund up to 50% of a project, with a max amount of $1,000.00. Instructions and the application are linked on the bottom of this page.
Gallatin CD will consider funding projects that fall under the following categories (please see cost share instructions document for more complete list of eligible projects):
- Stream/Riparian/Irrigation projects
- Weed Management projects
- Pasture projects
- Urban Natural Resources projects
- Forestry projects
- Other projects including wildlife habitat improvement, alternative energy, fire protection, etc.
Not all projects are eligible to receive $1,000.00 and the Board of Supervisors will determine awarded amounts. Depending on the project, a land management plan may be required.
Applicants are required to fund half of the project with a 50% match. Applicants will be ranked using several factors. Applicants may be required to participate in an on-site consultation and a completion inspection. Applicants are also required to provide before and after photos. Applicants must reside within Gallatin CD’s jurisdictional boundary. Projects proposed within the main city portions of Bozeman and Belgrade are not eligible for funding. Click here for Bozeman map. Click here for Belgrade map.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted to the GCD Board of Supervisors to be approved. Applications must be turned in by the first Thursday of each month in order to be on that month’s board meeting agenda.
Camp Creek & Godfrey Creek Rehabilitation Cost Share Program
Gallatin CD is offering a cost-share funding opportunity for landowners residing within the Camp Creek and Godfrey Creek Watersheds. This 50% cost-share assistance is available in support of projects that address water quality concerns within these watersheds (pictured to the right).
Camp Creek and Godfrey Creek are listed as impaired by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for excess nutrients, excess sediment, flow alterations, excess algal growth and E.coli. The goals of this funding opportunity are to reduce these impairments and to improve riparian function.
This funding can help pay for material and labor costs associated with the installation of off stream watering facilities, installing riparian fencing, and planting seed, trees and shrubs along Camp Creek and Godfrey Creek.
Applications will be accepted until March 1st, 2021.
Well Testing Cost Share Program
Gallatin CD is offering a cost share opportunity in support of the Well Educated free well testing kits program in Gallatin County. Click here to learn more about this program.
This opportunity reimburses Gallatin County residents within the Conservation District boundaries up to 75% of their well testing costs using the Well Educated Program. Cost share assistance is not available for any private wells located within the main city limits of Belgrade and Bozeman. Click here for the Bozeman map and click here for the Belgrade map.
We do require that all residents seeking cost share assistance to agree to share their testing results with all three information avenues listed on the Well Educated registration form (items I – N). We wish to promote the sharing of these results with water resource managers and water quality databases so that these resources can be used to further understand the water quality of Gallatin County and what we can do to protect our water.
Required Application Forms and Deadlines for Cost Share Opportunity
Residents seeking Cost Share assistance for well testing must fill out the Application for Well Testing Cost Share Assistance form listed below. Applications mush be accompanied with a copy of your completed Well Educated registration form. These forms should be turned in by the 2nd Thursday of the month to by on that month’s board meeting agenda. Board meeting schedules can be found here. Once approved, GCD staff will await receipt of well testing results (proof of payment) before reimbursing the landowner up to 75% of the costs paid.
Alternatively, you can wait to turn in your application and copy of the Well Educated registration form until you receive your well testing results and turn everything in at once by the 2nd Thursday of the month for approval.