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, 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

Funding Amounts

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:

  • $3,000 for residential projects
  • $10,000 for townhome, condominium, or lake associations
  • $25,000 for commercial, government, or nonprofit projects

How to Apply

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)


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