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in Eligible Locations for Projects to Protect the Environment

Cost Share Grants - Stewardship Grant

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Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (NMCWD)

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Deadline Date:

03/18/22 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, associations, schools, and cities in eligible locations to preserve natural resources. Funding is intended to support projects that protect the quality and quantity of groundwater, enhance water storage and infiltration, and restore wildlife and plant habitats. Funded projects must serve the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.

Stewardship grants help homeowners, associations, businesses, schools, and other organizations install projects that prevent stormwater pollution to local lakes and Nine Mile Creek. Typical projects funded through the stewardship grant program include raingardens, shoreline buffers, pervious pavers, and chloride reduction efforts (anti-icing equipment purchases, equipment retrofitting, etc.).

Stewardship grant funds are available for implementing projects that 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

Eligible expenses include project materials, labor, engineering, and consulting fees. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178693

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is $500.
Maximum grant awards:
- Residential projects: $5,000
- Townhome, condominium, or lake associations: $20,000
- Commercial, government, or nonprofit projects: $50,000

Grants are reimbursed for up to 75% of a project’s cost.

Term of Contract:

- Grantees have up to one year to complete the stewardship grant project from when the grant agreement is signed.
- Grant agreements are typically signed between mid-May to mid-June
- June 30, 2022 Grant execution deadline

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Grant funding is open to:
- Residents
- Townhome, condominium, and lake associations
- Commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations

Ineligible Expenses:
NMCWD staff and board reserve the right to determine the eligibility of expenses. The following items are
ineligible for reimbursement:
- Materials for aesthetic purposes only
- Project planning expenses, such as engineering or other consultant fees
- Any materials bought or consultant/contractor time expended before a grant agreement is signed
- Any project expenses for a project required by a NMCWD permit(s). For example, if a permit requires a
wetland buffer that is 20 feet wide, and you decide to install a buffer 30 feet in width, you can apply for a
cost-share grant for the additional 10 feet only.

In-progress or completed projects are not eligible for grant funds. If awarded a grant, don’t start your project until a grant agreement is signed! A project that is started or completed before a grant agreement is signed will not be eligible for grant reimbursement.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Session

Have a question about the grant programs? Attend the Information Session on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 to learn more. Full details and zoom link posted when available here:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 18, 2022 by 4 PM.

- March 18, 2022 Application deadline at 4 PM
- April 20, 2022 NMCWD Board authorizes grant awards
- May 2022 NMCWD grant agreements sent to recipients
- June 30, 2022 Grant execution deadline

Optional: Draft Application Review by Nine Mile Creek Staff. Submit a draft application to Erica, at the email address, below, at least three weeks prior to the application deadline for review and feedback. Staff will provide brief comments on your application for your consideration before you submit your final application.

If your project type is not listed, contact the District at least three weeks prior to the application deadline at the phone number, below.

- Plants must be selected from the provided NMCWD plant lists to be eligible for reimbursement
- Plants not on the NMCWD’s list can be used, but must be paid for with matching funds

Grants are awarded for up to 75% of a project’s cost, on a reimbursement basis for project implementation. The applicant must provide a minimum of a 25% match on the project.

A site can only receive one grant from NMCWD per year. The maximum grant funds a site can cumulatively
receive are:
- Residential: $10,000 per site
- Townhome, condominium, or lake associations: $40,000 per site
- Commercial, government, or nonprofit: $100,000 per site

Additional Information and required project forms:

A cost share information session was held on February 9, 2022, to explain eligible project and the application process. Watch the information session here:
Use the passcode vL1!$J35 to access the recording.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, and to submit applications: contact Erica, Program & Project Manager, or at 952-358-2276.

Or mail your application to:
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Attn: Erica
12800 Gerard Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Grant Coverage Areas:

Map of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District:

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