Communities and other entities interested in constructing or improving a community pond have until Feb. 1 to apply for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Community Pond Program grant.
Grant applicants must provide a minimum of 30 percent of the costs associated with the project and may match the grant funds with in-kind contributions such as heavy equipment time, construction materials, labor, engineering services and more. State agencies, cities, counties, angler groups and others interested in sponsoring a project may apply.
Since 2003 the Community Pond Program has funded projects that benefit young anglers and their families and provided locations where youngsters of all ages can learn angling skills.
Additional information and the Community Pond Program grant application form are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Search for "Fish Habitat".
Applications, which are accepted annually, must be submitted by Feb. 1. Applicants are encouraged to work with their local FWP fishery biologist to plan the project. For more information call FWP at 406-444-2449.