About The Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust
The Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust was established by the U.S. Congress in 1998, funded by proceeds from the sale of cabin sites on Canyon Ferry Reservoir that had previously been leased from the Federal government.
The purpose of the trust is to provide a permanent source of funding through grants for the acquisition of publicly accessible land in Montana in order to:
By 2004, the initial value of this trust was $14,945,403. As of March 31, 2013 the value of the Trust has grown to approximately $20,537,406. Grants to date are $4,222,800, which includes $2,007,000 inside the Missouri River Watershed and $2,215,800 across the rest of the state.
As a result of our conservative investment strategy, investments earned a net of 9%, of which 4% was invested in projects across Montana and 5% was reinvested in the Trust. Actual Investment Allocation Percentages are depicted on this chart.
Funds are managed according to guidelines in the Trust Plan.
Grants are awarded annually from a portion of the interest generated by the Trust. Granting cycles begin in February with awards announced in June. Application forms and instructions are available on this website under Apply For Grants.
Two independent oversight boards, a Joint State-Federal Board and a Citizen’s Advisory Board, are responsible for ensuring the goals of the Trust are met. Board meetings are held quarterly, published regionally and on this website; public participation is encouraged. Meeting schedule.
The public comment period will begin on May 5, 2013 for projects the Citizens Advisory Board has reviewed for potential funding in 2013. Click here for information on the Public Comment period.
The next meeting of the Joint Federal-State Board will be held on June 5, 2013 and will begin at 9:00 am. The 2013 recommended projects will be reviewed. Please check the meeting schedule page for meeting locations.
For more information, please call Deb Lane at 406-461-9524.