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Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program (NWTF)

Montana Department of Agriculture

Opens September 1, 2024

The Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) Grant Program was established by the 1985 Montana Legislature to provide funding for the noxious weed research projects, state and community education/development projects, and local cooperative-landowner cost share. Applicants may apply for funding up to $75,000 per project.


Applicants must work with and apply through an organization, such as a weed district, conservation district, extension office, non-profit, or tribal weed district to be eligible.

Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant funds may not be used for:

  • Application expenditures

  • developing grant proposals, grant hearing travel expense

  • Purchase of biocontrol agents

  • Equipment purchases

  • Indirect costs

  • Capital improvements

  • Annual herbicide for cropland/CRP practices

  • Re-seeding efforts for alfalfa fields, grain for wildlife habitat, or other cropland situations

Application Instructions

Register & Apply Online:

  • Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 per application.

  • All applications must be submitted by an authorized organization (county weed district, conservation district, MSU extension or a non-profit).

  • Refer to the Grant Guidelines for complete details and requirements.

  • Register online at and choose Agriculture as your program of interest.

Application forms are submitted electronically using the online Montana Grants and Loans system.

Grant Presentations:

Applications are reviewed by Department staff and the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council. Grant hearings are held annually in March, where each applicant provides a ten minute presentation (PowerPoint, photos, etc.) for their project. Applicants are notified of the date and time of their presentation prior to the grant hearings.


Release Date

September 1, 2024

Financial Instrument

Cost Share, Grant

Maximum Award Amount


Updated March 26, 2024

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