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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 District’s Cost Share Programs can be directed to Elizabeth Emeline via email ( or phone (406-282-4350).

All applications and additional required materials for the following Cost Share Programs can be emailed to 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.

Well Testing Cost Share Program (Accepting applications!)

Gallatin Conservation District is offering a cost share opportunity in support of the Well Educated program’s free well testing kits 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 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 Forms and Deadlines for Well Educated program Cost Share Opportunity

  • Residents seeking cost share assistance for the Well Educated program must fill out the Well Educated Program Well Testing Cost Share Application form.
  • Provide the following to the Gallatin Conservation District by the second Thursday of the month.
    • Well Educated Program Well Testing Cost Share Application form
    • Well Educated Registration Form
    • Test Results from Energy Laboratories
  • If approved, the Gallatin Conservation District reimburses the landowner up to 75% of the costs paid.

Well Educated Program Well Testing Cost Share Application form

Conservation Cost Share Program (Email Elizabeth about current status or check back in July 2024 for updates)

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 section.

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):

  1. Stream/Riparian/Irrigation projects
    • NEW: Funding for Irrigation blocks can now be applied for and considered for up to 75%, with a max of $1,000.00.
  2. Weed Management projects
  3. Pasture projects
  4. Forestry projects
  5. 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.

Cost Share Instructions                   Cost Share Application                        Land Management Plan

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