Receive a grant for your project that protects and improves water and natural resources.


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

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

2019 Application Deadline: Friday, March 22

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 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

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

5:30-7 PM

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


Helpful MaterialsNine Mile Creek Cost Share Grant Project: Bush Lake Shoreline Restoration

BMP Cost Estimate Flier (PDF)

Are You in the Watershed?

Hennepin County Natural Resources Map

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.

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)

Reporting FormsNine Mile Creek Cost Share Project: Thomas Ave Raingarden

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

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.

Reimbursement Form (PDF)

Reimbursement Form (Word)

Past Projects

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.

Bloomington Raingarden Project Overview (PDF)

Bloomington Shoreline Restoration Project Overview (PDF)

Eden Prairie Floating Island Project Overview (PDF)

Edina Association Shoreline Restoration Project Overview (PDF)

Hopkins Green Roof Project Overview (PDF)

Minnetonka Pond Buffer Project Overview (PDF)

Minnetonka Curbside Raingarden Project Overview (PDF)

Minnetonka Driveway Raingarden Project Overview (PDF)


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