Cities, towns and counties can now apply to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for grants of up to $35,000 for improvements at motorboat recreation facilities. A total of $150,000 in grant money is available.
The funds can be used to help construct boat ramps, launching facilities, on-site latrines, boat trailer parking areas, boating facility access roads, boat docks, and facility improvements for disabled motor boat users.
To apply, the project sponsor must have the total project cost committed and be prepared to match the grant with the use of paid and volunteer hours and cash. Expenses for preliminary work such as environmental compliance, permitting and engineering can be reimbursed at up to 15 percent of the total project cost. The application deadline is April 9.
Applications require legible maps of the project location, letters of support from the public and, in cases where private lands are included in the project, copies of completed, current legal easements or agreements.
Application details are available on the FWP web site at http://www.fwp.state.mt.us/parks/motorboat/default.asp or by calling: 406-444-3750.