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CISMAs & Funding

CISMAs & Funding

One of SICIM's goals is to promote and support the formation of Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) locally in the 35 county coverage area.  Toward this effort, we have compiled the following resources, including funding opportunities only available to CWMAs in our area.  For questions or more information please contact us at or 812-653-5563.  Our members would love to help guide you through the process



What is a CWMA or CISMA?

CISMAs were first known as CWMAs, or Cooperative Weed Management Areas.  They first became popular in the western US, but over the past decade have become more widespread in the eastern states, including the Midwest.  Because many midwest groups focus on a variety of invasive species, including pests and animals that affect forest or aquatic ecosystems, SICIM has begun using the term CISMA instead of CWMA.  Sometimes called Coalitions, Partnerships, or Councils, CISMAs are formed to collectively combat the problem of invasive species spreading across the landscape.  CISMAs can very greatly in their geographic range, activity level, and focus, and are usually comprised of representatives from various governmental agencies, non-profits, and concerned citizens or citizen groups.  They might cover a single county, or stretch over multiple counties.  Some seek out independent status as nonprofits, while others operate through a lead partner or fiscal agent such as a County Soil & Water Conservation District.  CISMAs have been shown to very effectively target invasive species problems by engaging local interests and addressing invasive issues across various land ownerships. 


The CWMA Cookbook

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) has worked to compile several resources for CISMAs, including a CWMA cookbook.  Follow the link to their website for tons of information and resources. 



SICIM CISMA Start Up Grant - Currently suspended

SICIM has offered a one-time grant for new CISMAs in the 35 county area to start up.  This funding is currently suspended and we are not actively accepting applications for new CISMA funding.  If you have any questions, please contact SICIM Treasurer Allison Shoaf at 



Additional SICIM Funding

In addition to SICIM's CISMA Start-Up Grant, we are also on the lookout for other opportunities to Partner with or support invasive projects in our area, particularly CISMA projects.   If your group is pursuing a grant project and are looking for matching support, please contact us with the details and our Steering Committee will review it (, 812-653-5563).

Likewise, if you would like to seek SICIM funding for an invasive project in the area, and are not eligible for a CISMA Start-Up grant, please contact us.  The following grant application form is required for all non start-up funding requests, however we encourage you to speak with us, or a SICIM member, before completing the application.  Each funding request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and SICIM's availability to fund or partner on these projects will depend on our own current funding level.  


External Funding Sources

CISMAs can utilize a combination of resources to carry out activities, including volunteer time, donations, partnerships, and grants.  Here is some information on financial resources such as grants to help you.  We will continue to add to this section as we learn of new funding opportunities.  

This grant is by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and has supported CWMAs/CISMAs around the country start-up or carry out invasive species management projects.  Each year the grant puts out a request for proposals, usually in summer.  This grant does require a 1:1 match on non-federal money or in-kind, which can make it difficult for some groups.  

This is a state grant that recently allowed participants to apply for funding for invasive species management and CISMA creation.  The CWI fund is administered by the Division of Soil Conservation, and interested CISMAs should apply through a partnering county Soil & Water Conservation District.  

This is a state program by the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife.  Funding is eligible for management of aquatic invasive species.    

The Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation, Inc., (IFEF) provides competitive Educational Grants to help educate and inform the public about forests and forest management.  Currently applications are due by October 1st and awards of up to $500 are made in December.


indiana invasives initiative 

SICIM recently started a statewide Invasives Initiative aimed at strengthening and creating CISMAs across the state.  Our regional specialists can provide information and support to new CISMAs and even help CISMAs seek out funding and support.  Visit our Invasives Initiative Page for more information and contact info for our regional specialists.