Grants are available for projects that protect and improve water and natural resources within the Nine Mile Creek Watershed.


Grant funds are available to residents, associations, nonprofits, schools, businesses, and cities for projects located within District boundaries.

Check if you are located in the watershed district

Eligible Projects

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! Thomas-Ave-Raingardens-in-Bloomington funded by grants from Nine Mile Creek

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

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

Grant Funding

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

Grant Guidelines

You must review the cost share grant guidelines before filling out and submitting your application. The grant guidelines contain important information about eligible projects and expenses, reporting requirements, and application requirements.

Cost Share Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Grant Application

The grant application can be downloaded as a PDF or Word document. A hard copy of the application can be requested by contacting Erica at 952-358-2276 or

Cost Share Information Session

Do you have questions or want to learn more about the Cost Share Program?

Attend a Cost Share Information Session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

The Information Session will be held at the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Office in the Interpretive Room: Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point, 12800 Gerard Drive, Eden Prairie, MN, 55346

Cost Share Resources

Cost Estimate Flier

Before you begin planning a project, it can be helpful to understand the approximate installation costs. The Cost Estimates flier gives a range of these costs associated with the installation of a raingarden, shoreline buffer, permeable pavers, invasive species removal, and habitat restoration.

Nine Mile Creek BMP Cost Estimate Flier (PDF)

Plant Lists

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.

Nine Mile Creek 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)


Only projects within the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District are eligible for funding.

Check if you are in the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District: Are You in the Watershed?

Do you need to measure an area on your property or get an aerial photo? Try Hennepin County’s Natural Resources Interactive Map:

Hennepin County Natural Resources Map

Reporting Forms

Final Reports

For grantees that have completed their project, a copy of the final report form is provided below. This form must be submitted to the District within 30 days of project completion.

Cost Share Final Report Form (PDF)

Cost Share Final Report Form (Word)

Yearly Reports

For grantees that are in their maintenance periods, a yearly report is required. This report must be submitted by September 30th each year for the duration of the maintenance agreement.

Cost Share Yearly Report Form (PDF)

Cost Share Yearly Report Form (Word)

Planning Grants available for nonprofit organizations with properties that are open and accessible to the public and are 2.5 acres or greater within the District.

Planning Grants

Planning Grants are available for nonprofit organizations that hold 2.5 acres or more of land, and the property is open and accessible to the public, located within the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District. Through the grant, the organization will work with Barr Engineering Company to receive a Conceptual Stormwater and Sustainable Landscape Plan. The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District will cover 100% of the cost to develop the concept plan, up to a maximum of $5,000.

Planning Grant Description (PDF)

Planning Grant Application (Word)

Example Stormwater and Sustainable Landscape Plan (PDF)

Example 2 Stormwater and Sustainable Landscape Plan (PDF)


Want to talk about a project idea or have questions? Contact Erica, Program & Project Manager, at 952-358-2276 or