Montana Trout Unlimited


Montana Trout Unlimited

Chapter Mini Grants

Application deadline April 1, 2018

Montana Trout Unlimited Chapter Mini-grant Program

In 2002, Montana TU’s State Council created three investment funds from which earnings can be used to fund specific projects that further MTU’s mission “to conserve, protect and restore Montana’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.” The earnings from these funds are meant for projects that are outside MTU’s annual budget. Two of these funds, the Habitat Protection and Enhancement Fund and the Steve Bryant Wild Trout Stewardship Fund, may be tapped for chapter projects in MT. To request funding, chapters must submit the Mini-Grant Application Form along with a brief written proposal and proposed budget to the State Council Chairman or Executive Director via Montana TU’s business and communications manager. Proposals are then circulated to the full executive committee for review and decision.

Funding availability varies from year to year. We encourage you to contact Montana TU to learn more before submitting a grant application. Call Montana TU at 406-543-0054 or e-mail

Project eligibility: Only TU chapters or affiliates in Montana are eligible for funding. Chapter presidents or the presiding officer of a chapter or affiliate must sign each proposal.

Habitat Protection and Enhancement Fund

This fund is for projects that:

  • Improve water quality.
  • Improve riparian protection, including habitat restoration and acquisition of key conservation
  • properties.
  • Enhance stream flows, including investments in water-use efficiency and acquisition or
  • leasing of water and water rights.
  • Enhance watershed health
  • Protect important trout habitat from harm.
  • Advocate for policy (within the limits of 501 c(3) tax status) affecting the conservation,
  • protection and restoration of wild trout and their habitats.

Steve Bryant Wild Trout Stewardship Fund

This fund is for projects that:

  • Provide educational activities that foster understanding of the biological, cultural and economic values of wild trout.
  • Provide education to landowners for conserving wild trout, water quality, streamflows and trout habitat.
  • Communicate important conservation messages to the public, elected officials, policymakers and TU members.
  • Support research specifically designed to accomplish or contribute to the conservation, protection or restoration of wild trout and their habitats.
  • Benefit Montana’s native trout and grayling.

Annual application deadlines:

  • November 1, 2017
  • April 1, 2018

Guidelines for Application

Chapters shall submit grant applications to Montana TU on or before to the appropriate grant cycle deadline.

The application will be reviewed to determine if it meets the criteria for the grant fund being applied for.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Check out MT FWP’s Future Fisheries Improvement Program for grant funded opportunities to conserve, protect, or restore the cold water fisheries nearest and dearest to you.