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, 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
2019 Application Deadline: Friday, March 22
Funding Amounts (New Amounts for 2019)
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:
- $5,000 for residential projects
- $20,000 for townhome, condominium, or lake associations
- $50,000 for commercial, government, or nonprofit projects
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.
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.
How to Apply
- Review the cost share grant guidelines for required application information and grant criteria.
- Cost Share Grant Program Guidelines (PDF) (New Criteria for 2019)
- Fill out an application
- Fill out a project budget
- Submit the application and budget by March 22nd, 2019
- 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
Attend an Info Session
Learn more about cost share grants, eligible projects, and how to apply. Ask questions about your project idea.
Cost Share Information Session
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie)
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.
Our grantees work hard on their projects and are dedicated to protecting clean water. Learn more about some past projects by reading a project overview.
Have questions or want to talk through a project idea? Contact Erica, Program & Project Manager, at 952-358-2276 or email@example.com.