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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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Conservation and Resource Development

Swamp Creek Siphon project tour.


The Conservation Resource Development Division (CARDD) provides technical and financial assistance to local governments, state agencies and private citizens for conservation, development, protection and management of the state's natural resources.

The division is incorporated into  three bureaus to help target resource improvement needs to best deliver focused resource assistance as follows:

Conservation Districts Bureau

The Conservation Districts Bureau is the coordinating state agency for conservation districts in Montana. Together, the CDB assists conservation districts that provides voluntary programs to empower private landowners that implement conservation on their property. The CDB assists conservation districts in meeting their legal requirements to carry out conservation programs locally and with the Montana Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310 Law). 

The CDB offers many grant programs for  conservation districts, helps sponsor statewide educational events such as the Montana Youth Range Camp and the Montana Envirothon. The CDB also works with groups including the Montana Salinity Control Association, Yellowstone River Conservation Districts Council, the Missouri River Conservation Districts Council, and the Milk River Watershed Alliance.

Find information about Summer Camps here

DNRC CD Report 2021

Financial Bureau

The Financial Development Bureau protects Montana's resources by issuing loans to borrowers for infrastructure improvement projects, manages the financial administration of Montana's Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund (WPCSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan programs and oversees the Regional Water program.

Resource Development Bureau

The Resource Development Bureau (RDB) administers several grant and loan programs and provides assistance to conservation districts for the administration of water reservations.

Division Contacts


CARDD main contact (406) 444-6667

State Employee Directory: DNRC contacts

American Rescue Plan Act 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PUB. L. NO 117-2 SEC 602 (c)(1)(d)) provides state and local aid to make necessary investments in water and sewer infrastructure. The 67th Montana Legislature passed HOUSE BILL 632 which directed the federal funds available under the American Rescue Plan Act for use in Montana. Section 1 – Section 5 address how the federal funds will be distributed to necessary water and sewer infrastructure projects. House Bill 632 created the Infrastructure Advisory Commission who will oversee spending on water and sewer infrastructure projects along with the Governor of Montana.

Information and online ARPA Water & Sewer Grant Application

Registered users can only work on one online application at a time.  Once the application has been completed and submitted, the registered user can start another application.  DNRC recommends that applicants download the application materials "offline".  Once all of the application materials are ready and supporting documents are ready, the registered user can quickly fill out the online application, click submit and then will be allowed to apply for a new one.

Links to online materials are provided throughout the grant application guidance.  

The WORKSHEET is made available for offline work only. The application must be submitted online.


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Public Notice Resource Conservation Advisory Council Meets February 23

The Resource Conservation Advisory Council (RCAC) will hold its next meeting February 23, 2022, at Lubrecht Experimental Forest in Greenough. The meeting will take place from 9 am-12 pm. A virtual option will be available. The Council will review 223 grant applications and make funding recommendations for DNRC to approve.Feb 02, 2022

RRGL & RDGP 2022-2023 Biennium Grant Application Ranking

2023 Biennium Grant Awarded Applications Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program Applications Reclamation and Development Grant Program ApplicationsDec 15, 2020

Available Grants and Loans

May 04, 2017

Governors Budget Books 2022-2023 Biennium: RRGL & RDGP Programs

Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program & Reclamation and Development Grant ProgramNov 15, 2016

RRGL and RDG Applications Received

Mar 04, 2020
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