Apply for a grant for your clean water project!

Information you will find on this page:

Cost Share Grants: Overview
Information Session
Eligible Projects
Funding Amounts
Required Match
Lifetime Funding Limits
How to Apply
Plant Requirements
Helpful Materials
Reporting Forms
Past Projects
Questions

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.

Check if you are located in the watershed district

Cost Share Information Sessions

Learn more about cost share grants, eligible projects, and how to apply. Ask questions about your project idea.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM or

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie)

Eligible ProjectsNine Mile Creek Cost Share Bloomington Raingarden_108th St

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

Funding Amounts (New Amounts for 2019)

Bush Lake Izaak Walton League Shoreline Restoration funded by grants from Nine Mile Creek
Photography by: Bush Lake Izaak Walton League

Grants will reimburse 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

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Required Grant Match (Updated Requirements 2019)

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.

Nine Mile Creek Cost Share Project: Thomas Ave Raingarden

Lifetime Funding Limits (New for 2019)

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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How to Apply

  1. Review the cost share grant guidelines for required application information and grant criteria.
  2. Fill out an application
  3. Fill out a project budget
  4. Submit the application and budget by March 22nd, 2019
    • By email (preferred) to: esniegowski@ninemilecreek.org
    • By mail to: Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Attn: Erica, 12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

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Plant Requirements

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)

Nine Mile Creek Cost Share Grant Project: Bush Lake Shoreline Restoration

Helpful Materials

Are You in the Watershed?

BMP Cost Estimate Flier (PDF)

Hennepin County Natural Resources Map

UMN Raingarden Plant List (PDF)

UMN Native Plant List for Restoration (PDF)

Native plant suppliers and landscapers in Minnesota (DNR website)

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Reporting Forms

Final Reports

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.

Final Report Form (PDF)

Final Report Form (Word)

Yearly Reports

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.

Cost Share Yearly Report Form (PDF)

Cost Share Yearly Report Form (Word)

In-Progress Reimbursement

The District will 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.

Reimbursement Progress Report Form (PDF)

Reimbursement Progress Report Form (Word)

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Past Projects

Our grantees work hard on their projects and are dedicated to protecting clean water. Learn about past projects in these project overview.

Residential Raingarden Project Overview_Bloomington (PDF)

Residential Curbside Raingarden Project Overview_Minnetonka (PDF)

Residential Driveway Raingarden Project Overview_Minnetonka (PDF)

Residential Floating Island Project Overview_Eden Prairie (PDF)

Residential Green Roof Project Overview_Hopkins (PDF)

Residential Pond Buffer Project Overview_Minnetonka (PDF)

Nonprofit Shoreline Restoration Project Overview_Bloomington (PDF)

Townhome Association Shoreline Restoration Project Overview_Edina (PDF)

Questions?

Have questions or want to talk through a project idea? Contact Erica, Program & Project Manager, at 952-358-2276 or esniegowski@ninemilecreek.org.
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