Apply for a grant for your habitat restoration project!


Grant funds for habitat restoration projects are available to:

  • residents
  • associations
  • nonprofits
  • schools
  • businesses
  • cities

Projects must be located within the boundaries of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (the District).

Check if you are located in the watershed district

Cost Share Information Sessions

Come learn more about cost share grants, eligible projects, and how to apply. Ask questions about your project idea. Also learn about changes to restoration grant policies.

February 2021

Date and location to be determined

Native Habitat Restorations

A native habitat restoration restores native plant communities, restores wildlife habitat, and may include other activities, such as invasive plant removal, that lead to a healthier ecosystem by growing plants native to Minnesota. A healthy ecosystem is one well suited to function naturally by doing things such as providing habitat, filtering water, and helping to regulate climate.

Landscaping does not qualify for habitat restoration grants. Landscaping alters land for aesthetics or human functionality. Landscaping is not considered habitat restoration and is not eligible for grant funding.

Bee lawns and fescue lawn conversions are not eligible for habitat restoration grant funding.

Shoreline buffers, raingardens and other projects that work to prevent pollution to our lakes and creek system are funded through our stewardship fund grants.

Eligible Projects

In order to be eligible for grant funds, the habitat restoration project must support one or more of the following goals:

  • Improve water quality or increase the capacity of the watershed to store or infiltrate water
  • Protect and preserve groundwater quality and quantity
  • Preserve, protect, and restore native plant and wildlife habitats, with emphasis on projects adjacent to or near lakes, rivers, and wetlands

2021 Application Deadlines: July 22, 2021 & October 21, 2021 by 4 PM

Funding Amounts

Grants are reimbursed for up to 50% of a project’s cost for materials, labor, engineering, and consulting fees. The minimum grant award is $500.

Maximum grant award:

  • $3,000 for residential projects
  • $5,000 for townhome, condominium, or lake associations
  • $10,000 for commercial, government, or nonprofit projects

In 2021, the District will allocate a maximum of $50,000 for habitat restoration grants.

Required Grant Match

All habitat restoration grants are required to have a 50% match.

In-kind materials and services can be used as match. Landowner/volunteer labor is eligible as an in-kind match at $20 per hour.

Removal of vegetation and/or invasive species, including buckthorn removal, garlic mustard, etc. is not an eligible grant expense, but may be used as grant match.

Lifetime Funding Limits

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.

Apply for a Grant

Applications for the 2021 grant cycles will be available in November!

Beginning in 2020, the District started using a project scoring form to assist in prioritizing projects for funding. Read how cost share grants are reviewed. The criteria will be updated for habitat restoration grants in 2021, but this will give you a starting point of how we rank grants. The new criteria will be available in November.


To be eligible for reimbursement, plants must be selected off a District plant list.

Restoration Plant List (Excel)

Restoration Plant List (Google Sheets)

Nine Mile Creek Cost Share Grant Project: Bush Lake Shoreline RestorationReporting 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 December 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 District will hold the final 10% of the grant until the project is successfully completed and a final report is submitted and approved.

Reimbursement Progress Report Form (PDF)

Reimbursement Progress Report Form (Word)

Past Projects

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

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)


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