Natural resources good steward grants
Turn your environmental ideas into reality with support from a Natural Resources Good Steward Grant. Funding is available for projects that improve water quality, enhance natural areas, and promote environmental stewardship to the community.
Typical projects include rain gardens, stream bank stabilization, and native vegetation restoration. Grants also support unique ideas and neighborhood and community driven projects.
Lawns to Legumes pollinator habitat grants
Lawns to Legumes is a collaboration between Blue Thumb, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and Minnesota residents to establish residential pollinator habitat to support at-risk pollinator species.
Lawns to Legumes focuses on promoting four planting types: pocket plantings, trees and shrubs that benefit pollinators, pollinator lawns, and pollinator meadows. The planting types require varying amounts of time, space, money, and maintenance, meaning there is a project for just about everyone!
The program aims to protect the federally endangered state bee, the rusty patched bumble bee, and other at-risk pollinators. Even relatively small plantings of native flowers can help pollinators by building and connecting important habitat corridors.
The individual support portion of the program includes cost-share funding, workshops, landowner coaching and site visits. Learn more about Lawns to Legumes.
Several watershed organizations in Hennepin County offer grants to individual or groups of residents for projects that protect and improve water quality and restore habitat. Find out what watershed you are located in to see if you are eligible.
Lower Minnesota River cost share incentive and water quality restoration program
Cost share funds are available to public or private landowners for projects that protect water quality, reduce erosion, address invasive species, restore habitat, and provide education.
Many types of projects are eligible for grant money, including rain gardens, shoreline restoration, permeable pavers, and buckthorn removal with native restoration. The Lower Minnesota River Watershed covers portions of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Minneapolis.
Learn more about the cost share incentive program.
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization community grants
Community grants are available to non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, businesses, and schools for short-term or small-scale water quality projects. Eligible projects including community events, programs for youth and community leadership development, educational and technical training, art or media projects, installation of small best management practices demonstrations, community engagement, and educational signs and materials.
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organizations covers portions of Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village.
Learn more about the community grants.
Nine Mile Creek stewardship and habitat restoration grants
Stewardship grants help homeowners, associations, businesses, schools, and other organizations install projects that prevent stormwater pollution, such as rain gardens, shoreline buffers, and permeable pavers.
Habitat restoration grants help homeowners, associations, businesses, schools, and other organizations install projects that restore native plant and wildlife habitat and lead to a healthier ecosystem. The Nine Mile Creek Watershed covers portions of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Richfield.
Learn more about the stewardship and habitat restoration grants.
Shingle Creek cost share program
Financial and technical assistance is available to private property owners, including businesses and corporations, groups of residents, not-for-profit and religious organizations, and public and private schools to protect and improve water and natural resources.
Projects include rain gardens, permeable pavers, cisterns, green roofs, and converting hard surfaces to grass or native plants. The Shingle Creek Watershed covers portions of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, and Robbinsdale.
Learn more about the cost share program.
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek watershed stewardship grants
Financial support and resources are available to residents and organizations for clean water projects, including rain gardens, native plant buffers, wetland restorations, rainwater reuse, erosion control or tree trenches.
The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed covers portions of Bloomington, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Shorewood.
Learn more about the watershed stewardship grants.
City rebate programs
Eden Prairie water conservation rebates
Landscaping rebates are available to Eden Prairie residents for native plant landscape projects such as shoreline buffers, rain gardens or pollinator gardens designed and constructed to treat stormwater runoff.
Irrigation and water reuse system rebates are available to Eden Prairie residents for smart irrigation systems that conserve water by tailoring watering schedules to your yard and automatically monitoring weather conditions, soil moisture levels, evaporation and much more.
Learn more about the water conservation rebates.
Minneapolis stormwater credits
Credits on monthly stormwater fees are available to Minneapolis residential property owners who install rain gardens and permeable pavement. Credits are based on how much stormwater on the property is captured, and eligible properties can review up to a 50% credit on their monthly stormwater fee. Learn more about the stormwater credits.