Natural resources grants provide financial and technical assistance to landowners, governmental units and organizations to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) that preserve and/or restore critical habitats, reduce erosion, and protect and improve water quality.
Funding guidelines and application
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 landowner contribution may be in cash and/or in-kind contribution.
Local, state or regional governmental units, non-profit organizations and landowners are eligible to apply.
Funding applications are not being accepted at this time.
Examples of eligible projects include:
- Clean water diversions
- Grass waterways
- Filter strips
- Manure management practices, including tarps for covering piles and permanent storage pads
- Native vegetation restoration
- Permanent and temporary fencing and gates for livestock exclusion
- Rain gardens
- Reseeding pastures
- Rotational grazing systems
- Stream bank stabilization
- Water troughs
- Wetland restoration
- Cleveland Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis: $7,000 to install up to 15 rain gardens within the Cleveland Neighborhood, which drains to Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale.
- Grace Center for Community Life, Minneapolis: $14,000 to construct a permeable paver plaza in the community park that the church is creating in its old parking lot. Signage with both active and passive educational opportunities will be promoted in the park setting.
- City of Richfield, Wood Lake Nature Center: $15,000 to install a rain garden to collect the runoff from the parking lot, which drains directly into the wetland in the Wood Lake Nature Center. The project will incorporate educational opportunities for nature center visitors.
- City of Hopkins: $15,000 to add an iron-enhanced filter system in a stormwater pond adjacent to Minnehaha Creek, decreasing phosphorus flows to the creek by approximately 80 percent.
- City of Minneapolis: $6,000 to implement a demonstration project that will divert water from roof gutters and driveways into buffers and rain gardens instead of flowing directly into storms sewers that lead to Lake Nokomis. This will greatly enhance infiltration and filtration. These projects will be showcased in anticipation of a watershed-wide project in 2015 and 2016.
- John Buechler, Dayton: $8,000 to establish 10 acres of native prairie on property he owns adjacent to Diamond Lake in Dayton. This project will reduce runoff volume and nutrients on 10 acres while improving soil structure, wildlife habitat and plant diversity.
The awarded projects will reduce nutrient loads and protect water quality in Hennepin County. These grants will implement stormwater best management practices (including bio-retention, bio-filtration, rain gardens, conversion of impervious areas to permeable pavers, and the installation of an iron-enhanced filtration system), promote stormwater reuse, stabilize and enhance riparian areas and reestablish native prairie. The grants will leverage $483,000 in Clean Water Legacy Fund grants and $612,969 from local in-kind and cash matches.
- Staring Lake Iron-enhanced Filtration Bench, Eden Prairie: $25,000 to retrofit an existing storm water pond with an iron-enhanced filtration bench. This project is anticipated to reduce dissolved phosphorous in storm water discharge from the pond by 80 to 90 percent.
- Village Evangelical Free Church Bio-filtration Basin, Independence: $4,900 to install a bio-filtration basin to intercept roof and parking lot runoff before it enters a stream tributary to Lake Independence. The purpose and benefits of the basin will be promoted through city and church web pages and through active and passive education opportunities.
- Victory Neighborhood Rain Garden Project, Minneapolis: $6,200 to install up to 20 rain gardens in a 7-block area within the Victory Neighborhood that drains to Ryan Lake.
- Holland Neighborhood Rain Garden Project, Minneapolis: $4,000 to install up to 15 rain gardens that will help reduce water volume and nutrients entering the Mississippi River.
- 400 Project, Plymouth: $50,000 to reduce existing impervious surfaces in parking lots and increases infiltration through the installation of porous pavement and reinforced turf technology.
- Rockford High School Rain Garden, Rockford: $8,600 to install a rain garden near the main entrance of Rockford High School. The project will be incorporated into the school’s science and math course work.
- Fox Creek Streambank Stabilization, Rogers: $6,000 to stabilize 210 feet of stream bank with fieldstone riprap, channel reconstruction, wetland restoration and in-stream flow diversion.
These grants will establish 31 rain gardens, stabilize 210 feet of stream banks, install a bio-filtration basin and iron filtration pond outlet system, and create 20 to 40 acres of pervious pavement. The grants will leverage $416,775 from the Clean Water Legacy Fund and $189,863 from local in-kind and cash matches.