Grants are available for landowners, local governments and organizations for projects to preserve and restore critical corridors and wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion and improve water quality.
See the Natural Resources Grants flyer (pdf) to learn about the grant guidelines.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 15, 2014.
Eligible applicants include the following entities in Hennepin County:
- Individuals landowners
- Non-profit and non-governmental organizations
- Local government agencies
Projects may receive up to $50,000. Funding is available to share the costs of project implementation for projects located within Hennepin County.
- The maximum cost-share grant provided shall not exceed 75% of the total eligible project cost.
- The landowner is responsible for contributing the remaining 25% of the cost of project installation. The contribution may be in cash and/or in-kind contribution.
- Additional funds may available as a match for projects that Hennepin County is a partner on that are successful at leveraging other grant funds.
Funding may be used for environmental or engineering consulting fees, materials, supplies, labor, and inspection fees.
Eligible projects implement best management practices to:
- Restore native vegetation
- Reseed pastures
- Stabilize stream banks
- Restore wetlands
- Build structures that reduce soil erosion, reduce stormwater runoff volume and/or increase infiltration
- Install grass waterways
- Install vegetated filter strips
- Implement manure management practices
- Construct rain gardens
In January, 2015, the county awarded four grants for projects that will preserve, protect or improve natural resources and water quality. Best management practices that will be installed include bio-retention ponds, rain gardens and permeable pavers. The grants will leverage $119,060 from local in-kind activities and cash matches.
The following projects were awarded:
- Continental Restaurants, Inc. (d.b.a. Black Forest Inn), Minneapolis: $20,000 to use stormwater planters, catch basins and infiltration BMPs to capture and treat stormwater from the roof and surrounding the property. This water is currently untreated.
- City of Plymouth: $10,000 to partner with the Wayzata Independent School District 284 to incorporate an iron-enhanced treatment system into two existing treatment ponds to reduce nutrient loading to Elm Creek.
- Longfellow Community Council, Minneapolis: $12,000 to install 40 residential rain gardens within the Longfellow Neighborhood to reduce stormwater runoff and its associated pollutants from entering into the Mississippi River.
- Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association, Minneapolis: $13,920 to engage private property owners in the installation of up to 15 stormwater best management practices including rain gardens and permeable pavement strips to reduce runoff to the Mississippi River.