Hennepin County provides funding through the following grant programs for natural resources projects.
Natural resources good steward and opportunity grants
Grants are available to landowners, including individuals, government organizations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Grant funding supports projects that preserve and restore natural areas and reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment flowing into lakes, streams and rivers while engaging residents in natural resource management issues.
Two types of grants are available:
Good steward grants
These are primarily for smaller projects that improve water quality, enhance natural areas and promote environmental stewardship to the community. A typical grant amount is $5,000 to $15,000, with a maximum amount of $25,000. Applications are accepted once per year, typically in the fall.
These are ideal for larger projects seeking to leverage multiple funding sources. These grants are intended to help partners take advantage of opportunities to implement large projects that improve water quality or preserve, establish or restore natural areas. Funds are often used for required matches for other funding sources. A typical grant amount is $25,000 to $50,000, with a maximum amount of $100,000. Applications are accepted at any time.
Learn more about the natural resources grants.
Aquatic invasive species prevention grants
Grants are available to help local units of government, nonprofit organizations, and businesses implement projects that prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Grant applications are accepted once per year, typically in January.
Learn more about the aquatic invasive species preventions grants.
Healthy tree canopy grants
Grants are available to cities, affordable housing properties, schools, and non-profit organizations to enhance the county’s tree canopy.
The goals of the program are to combat threats to trees from invasive insects and disease by funding tree planting, educate the public on tree care and the importance of trees, and increase the diversity and resiliency of the tree canopy.
Learn more about the healthy tree canopy grants.
Site cleanup and assessment funds
Hennepin County supports the redevelopment of contaminated properties known as brownfields. A variety of funding is available to support the investigation and environmental assessment phase as well as managing known contamination.
Learn more about the funding available for brownfields assessment and clean up.