Missouri-Madison River Fund Grant Program

We're proud to be a part of this grant program, a public-private partnership formed to help address the ongoing needs for public recreation in the Missouri-Madison Project Area.

The Missouri-Madison River Fund Grant Program, implemented through the Missouri-Madison Comprehensive Recreation Plan, addresses ongoing needs for public recreation in the Missouri-Madison Project Area. Created as a public-private partnership among local government, state and federal agencies, and licensee of the Project 2188 Hydroelectric Project, River Fund grants and NorthWestern Energy matching funds are awarded annually for qualifying projects.


Missouri-Madison River Fund Grant Application Form

Fiscal Year 2025

The Fiscal Year 2025 River Fund grant application materials we be available in May 2024.

Fiscal Year 2024 applications were due in September and will be considered for funding by the River Fund Board for at their annual meeting in December 2023.

FY2023 Missouri-Madison River Fund Awards
Project Name River Fund Award NorthWestern Energy Match Award Agency and Partner Contributions Total Project Cost
Devil's Elbow and Clark's Bay well improvements, Hauser Lake$82,000$12,000$12,000$106,000
River's Edge Trail water fountain replacement, Great Falls$4,000$1,050$1,550$6,600
Meadow Lark FAS campground expansion, Ennis Lake$78,896$40,640$40,640$160,176
Beaver Creek Trail restoration, Hauser Dam$6,000$4,500$4,500$15,000
Trapper Springs well replacement, Lower Madison River$15,000$5,000$20,000$40,000
River's Edge Trail maps, Great Falls$1,980$1,500$2,000$5,480
Craig FAS parking expansion, Missouri River at Craig$179,662$49,810$199,238$428,710
Solar arrays on administrative buildings at campgrounds at Hauser Lake and Holter Lake$109,000$12,000$12,000$133,000
Riverside Campground paved surfaces of ADA-accessible pathways, Hauser Lake$35,000$70,000$70,000$175,000
Total 2023 Funding$511,538$196,500$391,928$1,069,966

Fiscal Year 2024 Submitted Applications

Applications submitted for consideration of funding during the Fiscal Year 2024 cycle of the River Fund Grant Program are available below.  A total of 10 project applications were submitted.

A funding request summary is available here

Missouri-Madison River Fund FAQs

You can find the history of fund recipients on the Cumulative Funding Summary document.
Missouri-Madison River Fund grant applications are reviewed in late fall of each year, with funding awarded in December.
The Fiscal Year 2023 River Fund grant application materials will be available for download on the River Fund page. Completed applications are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.

Please review reach out to the contacts listed on the River Fund page.