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

FY2024 Missouri-Madison River Fund Awards
Project Name River Fund Award NorthWestern Energy Match Award Agency and Partner Contributions Total Project Cost
Ryan Island hand railing$23,000-$5,000$28,000
BLM lake sites water system replacement$142,607$94,000$94,000$330,607
Lewis & Clark/Giant Springs interpretive trail
Kobayashi Beach dock replacement$80,000$20,000$20,000$120,000
White Bear FAS site upgrades$71,046$36,500$36,500$144,046
Fort Benton Canoe Camp upgrades$5,312$2,438$9,750$17,500
West Fork Campground improvement project$19,992$4,008$26,930$50,930
Headwaters State Park bear resistant storage$15,346$1,000$4,000$20,346
Electric City bike park design$3,900-$21,100$25,000
Total 2023 Funding$369,703$164,446$224,780$758,929

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 funding awards on the Cumulative Funding Summary document.

You can find summaries of funded projects on the River Fund Project Summary document.

Missouri-Madison River Fund grant applications are reviewed in late fall of each year, with funding awarded in December.

River Fund grant application materials for annual grant cycles will be available for download on the River Fund page in mid-May. Completed applications are due in September. Please see application materials for the specific due date.

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