MONTANA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

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The Montana Native Plant Society(MNPS) is pleased to announce continuation (now in its 20th year) of the annual Small Grants Program for research, study, and appreciation of Montana's native plants.  Grants of up to $1,500 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 31,2015.  The grant competition is open to residents of Montana or members of MNPS.  Grants will be awarded by March 15, 2015.

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 that: 1) generate research data or public support that advances the conservation of native plants in the wild; 2) demonstrate initiative and cooperation with other organizations or agencies. Projects emphasizing operational costs, such as utilities or rent, will be less preferred.

Up to $1500 per proposal may be requested.

  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 CDs/media cards, 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 January 31,2015!

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

Betty Kuropat, Chair

MNPS Small Grants Committee


The grant proposal must not exceed four double-spaced pages (not including references) and should include:

  1. Project title
  2. Contact person and organizational affiliation, as appropriate 
  3. Mailing address, telephone number, E-mail and FAX number (if applicable)
  4. Short project abstract (2-5 sentences)
  5. Project description (objectives, methods, final product, dissemination of results)
  6. How the proposed project will benefit native plant conservation in Montana
  7. For garden or native plant restoration projects, include:
    1. short- and long-term maintenance plan
    2. advisor or lead planner expertise and experience
    3. species list and/or types of plant materials and sourcing
  8. Budget showing amount requested from MNPS ($1,500 or less) as well as other funding sources and how the funding will be used
  9. Time frames for completion of the proposed project
  10. 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.