Apply for a grant for your clean water project!
Information you will find on this page:
Cost Share Grants: Overview
Lifetime Funding Limits
How to Apply
Grant funds are available to residents, associations, nonprofits, schools, businesses, and cities for projects located within the boundaries of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.
Learn more about cost share grants, eligible projects, and how to apply. Ask questions about your project idea.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie)
Many types of projects are eligible for grant money. A few examples include: raingardens, shoreline restoration, permeable pavers, native restoration, and more!
In order to be eligible for grant funds, projects must support one or more of the following goals:
- Improve water quality or increase the capacity of the watershed to store water
- Preserve, protect, and restore native plant and wildlife habitats, with emphasis on projects adjacent to or near lakes, rivers, and wetlands
- Protect and preserve groundwater quality and quantity
2020 Application Deadline: Friday, March 20
Grants are reimbursed for up to 75% of a project’s cost for materials, labor, engineering, and consulting fees. The minimum grant award is $500.
Maximum grant award:
- $5,000 for residential projects
- $20,000 for townhome, condominium, or lake associations
- $50,000 for commercial, government, or nonprofit projects
All grants are required to have a 25% match.
For woody invasive species removal projects, the District will only share project costs at 50%. This includes all items related to the removal, including but not limited to the actual removal and disposal costs, any costs related to herbicide treatment associated with the removal, and any follow up maintenance treatment costs. This also includes replanting after the invasive species have been removed.
In-kind materials and services can be used as match. Landowner/volunteer labor is eligible as an in-kind match at $20 per hour.
A site can only receive one grant per year. The lifetime watershed district grant award limit a site can receive over multiple grant cycles are as follows:
- Residential: $10,000 lifetime per site
- Townhome, condominium, or lake associations: $40,000 lifetime per site
- Commercial, government, or nonprofit: $100,000 lifetime per site
Refer above for the maximum grant amount awarded per grant cycle.
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- Review the cost share grant guidelines for important grant criteria.
- Cost Share Grant Program Guidelines (PDF) (Updated guidelines for 2020 will be available in December)
- Fill out an application (Applications will be available in December)
- Submit the application by March 20th, 2020
- By email (preferred) to: email@example.com
- By mail to: Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Attn: Erica, 12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Wondering what plants can be used in your projects? Minnesota native plants are eligible for reimbursement in all projects. For raingardens and other stormwater practices, a selection of native cultivars are also eligible for reimbursement using the approved cultivar list below.
Approved cultivars for stormwater practices: Nine Mile Creek Native Cultivar Plant List (PDF)
If you have completed your grant project, a copy of the final report form is below. This form must be submitted to the District within 30 days of project completion.
If you are currently in the maintenance period of your grant agreement, a yearly report is required. This report must be submitted by September 30th each year for the duration of the maintenance period.
The District will reimbursed for cost share project expenses throughout the grant period upon submitting a progress report and receipts/paid invoices. The District will hold the final 10% of the grant until the project is successfully completed and a final report is submitted and approved.
Our grantees work hard on their projects and are dedicated to protecting clean water. Learn about past projects in these project overview.