Watershed stewardship grants
(formerly know as Cost-Share Grant)
Funding and technical help for projects that protect and improve water resources
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. See program guidelines here.
Who can apply
- Individual homeowners
- Non-profits (including home, townhome and lake associations)
- Local government
- Homeowners: $5000 max, up to 75% of the project cost
- Non-profits: $20,000 max, up to 75% of the project cost
- Gov/school/busi: $50,000 max, up to 50% of the project cost
How it works
Before you apply
- Read the program guidelines
- Fill out the "Request a site visit" form
- We will contact you to schedule a site visit with the Carver County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) Technician
- Design your project plan (work with the technician or a private company)
- If you work with a private company (or design it yourself), we encourage you to submit the plan to technician for preliminary review. The technician can help calculate the water quality benefits portion of the application.
- As you design your project, check out the project evaluation form to find out how the review committee evaluates applications.
- Use the grant application worksheet and cost-estimation worksheet to assemble all the necessary information
- Fill out the online grant application form
- project designs including location map (and plant list if applicable)
- Contractor bids (for work involving a third-party)
- Project cost estimate
If your project is approved
- We will send you a contract. Once this is signed, you can get started!
- Keep track of your expenses including all receipts
- Issues come up. If you think you need to make a change to your plan, contact us for approval
- Take photos! Before, during, and after. You’ll need these for submitting your project report
- You’ve got one year from approval to finish
After you complete your project
- Submit the project reimbursement form online
- Upload or mail in copies of all your receipts, including from any contractors you worked with
- After you submit the reimbursement form, the CCSWCD technician will schedule a project check-out visit
- Financials are processed once a month at the watershed. Get your completed project report in by the 15th of the month in order to have a check issued the first Wednesday of the following month (example: submit report July 12th, financials processed July 15th, check issued August 7th and mailed out soon after)
- Take care of your project (you are required to to maintain your project for 5-10 years, see program guidelines for full details)
- Complete the online project report annually to let us know how things are going
- At the end of year two, the CCSWCD technician will stop out for a progress visit
- Stay in contact! The watershed district often offers continuing education on topics like maintenance, and other opportunities to learn and get involved
Complete applications are due the 2nd wednesday of each month.
2019 deadlines: Apr 10, May 8, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14, Sep 11, Oct 9 (closed Nov for the year).
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