Grant funds available for clean water projects!
Stewardship grants are for projects that prevent stormwater pollution to our lakes and Nine Mile Creek. Examples of projects include raingardens, shoreline buffers, and permeable pavers.
Stewardship 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.
A cost share information session was held on February 9, 2022, to explain eligible project and the application process.
Watch the information session! Use the passcode vL1!$J35 to access the recording.
Many types of projects are eligible for stewardship grant money. A few examples include: raingardens, shoreline buffers, permeable pavers, and chloride reduction projects. Habitat restoration projects are funded through our habitat restoration grants.
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 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
Projects must exceed minimum regulatory requirements (projects required by District permits are not eligible for cost share grants).
2022 Application Deadline: The 2022 application deadline has passed. Grants will be available again in 2023.
Grants are reimbursed for up to 75% of a project’s cost 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
In 2022, the District will allocate a maximum of $150,000 for stewardship grants.
Stewardship grants are required to have a 25% 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.
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.
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The 2022 application deadline has passed. Grants will be available again in 2023, with an anticipated application deadline in March.
To be eligible for reimbursement, plants must be selected off a District plant list.
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 December 30th each year for the duration of the maintenance period.
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.
Our grantees work hard on their projects and are dedicated to protecting clean water. Learn about past projects in these project overviews.