Receive a grant for your project that protects and improves water and natural resources.
COST SHARE GRANTS
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.
Many types of projects are eligible for grant money. A few examples include: raingardens, shoreline restoration, permeable pavers, buckthorn removal with 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
2018 Application Deadline: Friday, March 30
Grants will be awarded for up to 75% of a project’s cost, on a reimbursement basis, for materials, labor, engineering, and consulting fees. The minimum grant award is $500.
Maximum grant award:
- $3,000 for residential projects
- $10,000 for townhome, condominium, or lake associations
- $25,000 for commercial, government, or nonprofit projects
How to Apply
- Review the cost share grant guidelines. The guidelines contain important information and application requirements.
- Download and fill out the Cost Share Application. Contact Erica at 952-358-2276 or email@example.com to receive a copy of the application by email or mail.
- Submit the application by March 30th
- By email (preferred) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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? Only Minnesota native plants may be used in buffers and habitat restoration projects. For raingardens and other stormwater practices, a selection of native cultivars and/or Minnesota native plants may be used.
Approved cultivars for stormwater practices: Nine Mile Creek Native Cultivar Plant List (PDF)
Raingarden plant list (suggestions): UMN Raingarden Plant List (PDF)
Habitat restoration plant list (suggestions): UMN Native Plant List for Restoration (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.
You can be reimbursed for cost share project expenses throughout the grant period upon submitting a progress report and receipts/paid invoices. The final 10% of the grant will be held until the project is successfully completed and a final report is submitted and approved.
Have questions or want to talk through a project idea? Contact Erica, Program & Project Manager, at 952-358-2276 or email@example.com.