RAF Application Guidelines

If you would like to submit a proposal to benefit Montana fisheries, please fill out a proposal form and submit it to the current Montana AFS President for review. Please read the general guidelines carefully before submitting a proposal. We encourage you to speak with a member of EXCOM before submitting a proposal.

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 of the objectives of the MTAFS;
  • relevance to ongoing and previous work in the area (e.g., geographic area, research area, etc.).

Further, the RAF grant application should demonstrate the following:

  • the support of an appropriate MTAFS committee, if expenditures relate to a committee’s responsibility;
  • coordination with applicable local, state, or federal agency personnel;
  • all necessary permits or licenses have been obtained or are obtainable;
  • funding from sources other than MTAFS has been obtained, solicited or denied;
  • no additional commitment of MTAFS funds would be necessary to complete the project.

RAF grant applications can be submitted using the form provided here to the current MTAFS president at any time (although see additional guidelines for grant requests in excess of $2,000 below). All applications will be reviewed by the MTAFS executive committee (EXCOM), composed of the president, past-president, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer. The EXCOM will evaluate and act upon all individual grant requests of $2,000 or less within 60 days of receipt. The disposition of these requests will be reported in the EXCOM meeting minutes, and posted on the web page.

Requests greater than $2,000 are required to be presented to the full membership for vote at the annual meeting. The annual meeting is typically held in mid-February each year, thus applicants requesting more than $2,000 must submit their applications by January 15 each year for consideration at the upcoming annual meeting. Applications for more than $2,000 received after January 15th each year will not be considered for funding until the following year’s annual meeting. The EXCOM will review the proposals prior to the annual business meeting and provide the membership with an EXCOM recommendation. The membership attending the business meeting will approve or decline these larger RAF requests after considering the EXCOM’s recommendation.