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Grants to Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation
Districts to Control Invasive Plants and Weeds

Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Program

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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)

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Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Minnesota soil and water conservation districts to control invasive plants and weeds. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to protect natural areas and conservation land by managing and controlling invasive species. The goal of this program is to establish strong and sustainable Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) for the collaborative and efficient control of invasive species and protection of conservation lands and natural areas.

Proposals should:

  • Demonstrate significant, measurable project outputs and outcomes. As appropriate, outputs should include scientifically credible estimates of both short-term and long-term benefits as well as other measures such as acres of invasive species treated, increases in diversity levels, etc.
  • Have plans for long-term maintenance and inspection monitoring for the duration of the project’s effective life.
  • Demonstrate that, when appropriate, a sufficient partnership exists to implement the project.

Grant funding can be used for a wide variety of activities related to setting up and sustaining existing CWMAs, including:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Conducting outreach and education
  • Weed mapping
  • Managing invasive species and monitoring
  • Reporting project areas in EDDMap
  • Equipment purchases must not exceed $1,000.

For a list of key activities, see:

The planting of native vegetation following removal efforts is recommended whenever feasible for a project to provide competition for invasive species and provide other landscape benefits. Vegetative practices must follow the Native Vegetation Establishment and Enhancement Guidelines.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186868

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Newly developing CWMAs/CISMAs or groups where more than one county are combined as part of existing CWMAs/CISMAs may request up to $20,000. Existing groups may request up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

All grants must be completed by the expiration date of December 31, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Newly developing and existing CWMAs and CISMAs (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas) are eligible for this RFP. SWCDs are eligible to receive grant funds if they are working under a current water management plan that has been state-approved and locally adopted when the BWSR Board authorizes the grant awards.

Proposals from applicants that were previously awarded CWMA Funds will be considered during the review process for applications submitted in response to this RFP. However, applicants that have expended less than 50% of previous award(s) at the time of this application will need to demonstrate organizational capacity to finalize current projects and complete new projects concurrently.

Pre-Application Information:

- February 23, 2022, by 4:30 PM: Application deadline
- April 27, 2022: BWSR Board authorizes grant awards
- May 9, 2022: BWSR grant agreements sent to recipients (proposed)
- June 6: Work plan submittal deadline
- June 15, 2022: Grant Execution deadline

Applications must be submitted via eLINK. Eligible applicants without a current eLINK user account must submit a request to establish an eLINK account no later than 7 days prior to the application deadline in order to ensure sufficient time to create an account.

A minimum non-state match equal to at least 25% of the amount requested and/or received is required.

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

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Direct questions to BWSR’s Cooperative Weed Management Area Program Coordinators:
Tara Perriello

Dan Shaw

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USA: Minnesota

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