Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Resources Action Fund

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Purpose

The Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society's (MCAFS) main objectives, through the Resources Action Fund (RAF), are conservation; development and wise utilization of the fisheries; promotion of the educational, scientific and technological development and advancement of all branches of fisheries science and practice; and exchange and dissemination of knowledge about fish, fisheries and related subjects.
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Funding Interests

To be eligible for funding, proposed projects must help to accomplish at least one of the following
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  • Benefits to native species;
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  • Short-term or long-term benefits to the fisheries resource;
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  • The support of an appropriate MCAFS committee, if expenditure relates to a committee's responsibility;
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  • Makes no commitment of MCAFS funds beyond the current funding request; and
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  • Demonstrates that funding from sources other than MCAFS either has been obtained or solicited and denied.
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Geographic Focus

Montana

Types of Support

Project

Grant Size

$200 to $2000

Requirements & Limitations

Grants will be considered for amounts less than $2,000 by the RAF, grants for greater than $2,000 must be presented to the membership at the annual meeting. Any RAF request received will be posted on the chapter's web page.
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Application Process

A form for evaluating RAF requests greater than $2000 must be filled out, either by each executive committee member and then summarized with the executive committee?s recommendation, or a single evaluation form must be filled out by the executive committee along with their recommendation. Proposals must include information about the organization, proposed project, funding requested, budget and anticipated benefits. The application for funding is available on the website.

Deadlines

RAF proposals are to be submitted at least 30 days prior to the executive committee's next meeting. Requests received less than 30 days prior to the meeting will default to the next meeting. Interested applicants can either check the chapter's website for upcoming meetings or call Steve Leathe.
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Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Program
Amount: $2000
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to have an unbiased, peer review of the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Recovery program by the Western Division of AFS. The resulting review should provide science-based recommendations that address fish health, propagation and population ecology, as well as recommendations pertaining to function of the workgroup.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: Yaak Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project<br>
Amount: $2000
Purpose:

The Yaak Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project focuses on improving fish habitat (primarily redband and westslope cutthroat trout) in the upper Yaak drainage. The resulting Headwaters Group was formed for the purpose of bringing private parties and government agencies together to work collaboratively to improve fisheries habitat in the Yaak River basin, while providing restoration-based, local employment in a geographical area that has been historically extraction based.

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