Resource Action FundThe Resource Action Fund (RAF) was established by MCAFS in 1989 and has provided over $140,000 to support projects relating to 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 benefit 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 of the objectives of the MCAFS;
- 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 MCAFS 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 MCAFS has been obtained, solicited or denied;
- no additional commitment of MCAFS funds would be necessary to complete the project.
RAF grant applications can be submitted using the form provided below to the current MCAFS president at any time (although see additional guidelines for grant requests in excess of $2,000 below). All applications will be reviewed by the MCAFS executive committee (EXCOM), comprised 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.
All RAF requests with merit will be posted on the MCAFS web page upon receipt. Members are free to provide comments regarding pending RAF applications to any member of the EXCOM, although there will not be an official comment period for requests of less than $2,000.
Resource Action Fund Forms
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.
Resource Action Fund Proposal Form
RAF Application - PDF Form (0.14 MB)
RAF Application - Word Form (0.30 MB)
UPDATED December 4, 2011 Return to Montana AFS Homepage