The Montana Native Plant Society(MNPS) is pleased to announce continuation of the annual Small Grants Program for research, study, and appreciation of Montana's native plants.  Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded each year to fund projects or studies supporting conservation of native plants in Montana.

The purpose of the MNPS Small Grants Program is to stimulate research, conservation, and educational activities that help foster an appreciation for Montana's native plants and plant communities. These grants are intended to promote native plant conservation through better understanding of our native flora and the factors affecting their survival. 

The deadline for proposals is January 31 each year.  The grant competition is open to residents of Montana or members of MNPS.  Grants will be awarded by February 28 of each year.

We encourage anyone with a project that potentially qualifies for an MNPS Small Grant to consider submitting a proposal!

Project or study proposals must pertain to native plants of Montana.  Preference will be given to proposals expected to generate research data or public support that advances the conservation of native plants in the wild.  Proposals that demonstrate initiative and cooperation with other organizations or agencies are also preferred. Up to $1,000 of expenses may be covered per proposal.  Eligible expenses include: 

   1) Direct costs of travel, meals, and lodging for research, conservation,or education projects.

   2)  Supply and service expenses used for the sole purpose of the project (e.g., consumable supplies such as film, laboratory chemicals, soil and nursery stock, and services such as phone and computer time).

   3) Direct printing costs for public outreach projects or research publications.

Non-eligible expenses include the following: wages, durable equipment, such as equipment with a longer life span than the project, and any expenses nonessential to the project.

Remember the deadline for applications is February 31, of each year!

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit your grant proposal by email to Betty Kuropat :

Betty Kuropat, Chair

MNPS Small Grants Committee

The grant proposal should be no longer than four pages, double-spaced type and should include the following information:

  1. Contact person and organizational affiliation, as appropriate 
  2. Mailing address, telephone number, FAX number and E-mail (if applicable)
  3. Short project abstract (2-5 sentences)
  4. Project description (objectives, methods, description of final product, and short review of past similar work)
  5. Description of how the proposed project will benefit native plant conservation in Montana
  6. Overall budget showing amount requested from MNPS ($1,000 or less) as well as other funding sources
  7. Time frames for completion of the proposed project
  8. Brief statement of applicant's qualifications or biography

Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report documenting the study or project accomplishments to the Montana Native Plant Society. This report should be suitable for publication in the Kelseya newsletter. Click on the Kelseya link on this page and search for Small Grant Report to see examples of published reports.