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Watershed Stewardship Grants

The Watershed Stewardship Grant program offers financial support and resources for clean water projects to residents and organizations in the watershed district. Some examples include raingardens, native plant buffers, wetland restorations, rainwater reuse, erosion control or tree trenches.

Criteria

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  • Who can apply: residents, students*, local businesses, groups and troops
  • You need a team to apply (at least one person, but we hope more!)
  • Projects must take place within the watershed district
  • Projects must have a water resources component
  • You are eligible for one grant per year

*If you are a minor, a project supervisor (parent or teacher) needs to fill out the application.

Awards

  • Amount: up to $250
  • Grants are awarded as a rebate for purchases made
  • A project report and receipts must be provided for refund to be issued

How it works

Before you apply
  1. Come up with an idea
  2. Assemble your team
  3. Apply online
If your project is approved
  1. Buy your materials and do your project
  2. Keep your receipts and take lots of photos
  3. Have fun!
After your project
  1. Submit the project reimbursement form online
  2. Send in copies of all your receipts
  3. A reimbursement check will come in the mail

Example cost share projects

 

Program Guidelines

FOR HOMEOWNERS:

Receive up to $3000 (75% of the cost). Must own the property the project is on. Sign a funding agreement. Agree to maintain the project for 5-10 years, depending on the type of project. Submit projects updates.

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FOR NON-PROFITS:

Receive up to $3000 (75% of the cost). Must own the property the project is on. Sign a funding agreement. Agree to maintain the project for 5-10 years, depending on the type of project. Submit projects updates.

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FOR BUSINESS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT:

For businesses & local government: Receive up to $20,000 (50% of the cost). Must own the property the project is on. Sign a funding agreement. Agree to maintain the project for 10 years

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Resources

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How it works

1. Request a site visit

2. Apply

3.Report on your project

How it works

  1. Before you apply
  2. To apply
    • Project design/plans
    • Cost estimate (if using a contractor, submit bids from at least two companies.)
    • Project timeline
    • Proof of property ownership (this can just be a printout from the Hennepin or Carver County Property ID websites).
  3. If your project is approved
  4. After you've completed your projectRiley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
    Attn Michelle Jordan
    18681 Lake Drive East Chanhassen, MN 55418

    Or by email to Michelle at:
    mjordan@rpbcwd.org
  5. Long-term

Sample applications

Homeowner raingarden Non-profit shoreline restoration

Resources