The Resource Action Fund (RAF) was established by MTAFS in 1989 and has provided nearly $200,000 in support to a wide variety of projects concerning Montana’s aquatic resources. Originally designed to support small outreach and on-the-ground projects proposed by Chapter members, the fund has evolved to consider all types of RAF proposals, including: habitat, management, conservation, fish passage, research and data management projects from both members and non-members. Focus areas include projects showing clear benefits to native and special concern species.
RAF grant applications must clearly state how the proposed project will provide at least one of the following:
- Benefits to one or more of Montana’s native species of special concern;
- Short and/or long-term benefits to Montana’s or regional fisheries resources;
- Support the objectives of the MTAFS; or
- Relevance to ongoing and previous work in the area.
Applicants must submit their applications by 15 January 2016 to Dave Moser, the current chapter president (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 406-994-6938, for consideration at the upcoming annual meeting to be held at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena on February 16-19, 2016. An online application form is available here. Project proposals will be presented to the membership for discussion and action at the business meeting‐luncheon. The EXCOM will review the proposals and solicit input from appropriate committee chairs prior to the business meeting and provide the membership with an EXCOM recommendation. The membership attending the business meeting will approve or decline the RAF requests after considering the EXCOM's recommendations.
Forms for submission and additional evaluation criteria are available on the MTAFS web page: http://www.montanaafs.org/grants/resource-action-fund/. All RAF requests with merit will be posted on the MTAFS web page upon receipt. Members are free to provide comments regarding pending RAF applications to any member of the EXCOM.