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Grants to Minnesota Local, Tribal, and Regional Government Agencies for Collaborative Projects to Improve Well Water Quality

Safe Drinking Water for Private Well Users Grant


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Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Clean Water Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/24 4:30 PM CT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota local, tribal, and regional government agencies for collaborative projects to improve water quality for private well users. Funding is intended for projects to promote well testing, including community outreach, data collection, and financial assistance programs. Collaboration with at least one partner is required and multiple partnerships are encouraged.

MDH received funding from the Clean Water Fund to ensure safe drinking water for private well users. A portion of this funding is being offered as grants to promote private well testing among private well users and to provide financial assistance to eligible households to address private well water-quality issues. Each entity will have the opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 to promote well testing for households that rely on private well water for drinking water that will include testing for five common contaminants (arsenic, coliform bacteria, lead, manganese, and nitrate) and provide financial assistance to address high levels of any of these contaminants in the drinking water for eligible households. This will be an iterative and communicative process in which grantees will work with MDH to carry out the grant goals.

This grant prioritizes proposals that engage diverse groups of private well users. Diverse groups include:

  • Racial and ethnic communities, including American Indians.
  • People for whom English is not their first language.
  • LGBTQIA communities.
  • Disability status.
  • Veterans.
  • Home ownership versus rental status.
  • Socio-economic status.
  • Diversity of ages.
  • Rural or non-rural.

Grant outcomes will include:

  • Providing low or no-cost water testing for all five contaminants to persons whose main source of drinking water in their primary residence is from a private well.
  • Providing low to no-cost drinking water treatment to eligible households who meet income/financial assistance criteria defined by the grantee.
  • Establishing a baseline of deidentified private well water testing data which will be publicly available and will be used to focus outreach and public health efforts.

Mandatory requirements - Proposals must include all of the following elements:

  • Conduct outreach to diverse groups of private well users about private well testing.
  • Provide low- or no-cost private well testing for five common contaminants within a defined area.
  • Establish a process for collecting water quality testing data including the corresponding well ID number or location if available.
  • Provide financial assistance and technical assistance to eligible households* on private wells to address an arsenic, coliform bacteria, lead, manganese, and/or nitrate water quality issue. Technical assistance will be provided to private well owners with the information necessary to make decisions on treatment methods.

For additional details about eligible projects, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be a local, regional, or tribal unit of government working in Minnesota. All applicants are advised that if they accept state dollars, they will be required to comply with all state laws, executive orders, regulations, and policies governing these funds.

Collaboration with at least one partner is required and multiple partnerships are encouraged. Partners can include but are not limited to:
• Local Soil Water Conservation District
• Local public health
• Non-profits or Non-Governmental Organizations related to water quality or public health.
• Watershed districts
• Environmental services, including local government services
• Accredited water testing laboratories
• Medical professionals
• Schools
• Water treatment professionals
• Licensed well and boring contractors
• Tribal governments and colleges

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
▪ Fundraising
▪ Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
▪ Lobbyists, political contributions
▪ Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds
▪ Out of state travel

Pre-Proposal Conference
RFP Information Meeting

Private Well Protection Grant Question Session
Thursday January 11, 2024, 10 a.m.

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Private Well Protection Grant Question Session 2
Tuesday January 23, 2024, 2 p.m.

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Pre-Application Information
All applications must be received by MDH no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on February 16th, 2024.

Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on Tuesday February 9th, 2024.

MDH anticipates notifying all applicants via email of funding decisions by May 1, 2024.

For Phase I grants all areas of the state are eligible.

For Phase II grants applicants must have received a Phase I grant previously to be eligible. This includes Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District and Horizon Public Health.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Estimated Award Maximum $100,000
Estimated Award Minimum $50,000

Term of Contract
The estimated grant start date is July 1, 2024, and the end date is May 1, 2027

Contact Information
Applications and all questions must be submitted via email to:
Anne Nelson
Partner Engagement and Communications Specialist
Water Policy Center, Environmental Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health

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