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Water Quality Capital Improvement Grant and Water Quality Planning Grant

Grants to Minnesota Agencies, Schools, Nonprofits, and Businesses
for Water Quality Projects in the St. Paul Area

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 - for Capital Improvement Grants; Applications for Planning grants are accepted at any time.

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota agencies, schools, nonprofits, religious organizations, and businesses for projects to improve water quality in the St. Paul area. Funding is intended both for planning activities and for capital improvements in the watershed. Projects should focus on water quality, preservation of local habitats, and community education.

Goals of these grants include:
- Identify innovative, cost-effective solutions for protecting and improving water quality of CRWD lakes, streams, and wetlands and the Mississippi River.
- Build capacity for partners to accelerate on-the-ground projects that protect and improve water quality.
- Preserve and protect plant and wildlife communities adjacent to lakes, rivers and wetlands.
- Establish links between people and water resources through education.
- Provide demonstration projects for innovative best management practices.
- Support projects that improve water quality and that serve as an asset and resource for the public and local community.

Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants provide financial assistance for final engineering and construction of cost-effective and/or innovative projects that protect and improve the water quality of waterbodies within CRWD. Successful applicants have a minimum of a completed water quality feasibility study and are typically planning on construction within a year of applying. Applicant matching funds are not required but are encouraged.

Goals:
- Support on-the-ground projects that improve water quality by decreasing stormwater runoff and pollutants and/or preserve, protect, and/or restore plant and wildlife communities adjacent to lakes, rivers and wetlands
- Establish links between people and water resources through education
- Provide demonstration of innovative and effective management practices
- Foster stewardship of CRWD water resources from residents, businesses, schools, community groups and others who live, work or serve within CRWD

Project Eligibility:
- Project must be located within CRWD
- Water quality related construction and construction management expenses exceeding $40,000 (if less than $40,000 see CRWD’s Stewardship Grant Program)
- Eligible projects include: stormwater best management practices (BMPs), erosion stabilization, shoreline restoration, and habitat improvement
- Feasibility study including design alternatives, cost estimates, and pollution reduction estimates must be completed prior to applying (see CRWD’s Water Quality Planning Grant for assistance).
- Projects must be innovative and/or cost-effective
- Projects must include educational components
- Construction must be completed within two years of grant award
- Projects required to meet regulations are not eligible. Project components that go above-and-beyond required treatment may be eligible for partial funding.

Water Quality Planning Grants

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) Water Quality Planning Grants provide financial assistance for feasibility and design of cost-effective and/or innovative projects that protect and improve the water quality of waterbodies within CRWD. Typical projects funded through this program include feasibility studies and engineering services to identify, prioritize, and design capital improvement projects that include benefits to natural resources. Water Quality Planning Grants will typically provide much of the information needed to apply for construction funds through CRWD’s Water Quality Capital Improvement Grant.

Goals:
- Identify innovative, cost-effective solutions for protecting and improving water quality of CRWD lakes, streams, and wetlands and the Mississippi River
- Develop designs including preliminary and final plans, for water quality improvement projects
- Improve our understanding of best practices to protect and improve local water resources
- Build capacity for partners to accelerate on-the-ground projects that protect and improve water quality

Project Eligibility:
- Stormwater feasibility studies to identify and prioritize project opportunities and types in CRWD
- Evaluate potential projects that may address water-resource-related issues
- Professional design of cost-effective and/or innovative projects with construction costs anticipated to exceed $40,000 including: stormwater BMPs, erosion stabilization, shoreline restoration, and habitat improvement
- Projects must include identification of public educational opportunities
- Projects required to meet regulations are not eligible. Projects may be eligible for partial funding of the design aspects that are above-and-beyond required treatment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148816

Estimated Size of Grant:

Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants:
- Typical annual funding available: $300,000 - $500,000
- Average grant award: $100,000

Water Quality Planning Grants:
- Typical annual funding available: $100,000
- Average grant award: $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply:
- Government agencies working in CRWD
- Public and private schools located within CRWD
- Nonprofit, faith-based or religious organizations serving within CRWD
- Businesses and other private property owners who are located within CRWD

Pre-Application Information:

Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants:

Applications due: October 31, 2018

If funding remains a second round of applications may be considered in spring, 2019.

Water Quality Planning Grants:

Applications are accepted at any time.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit applications or if you have a potential project you’d like to discuss or questions about either of the above grant programs, please contact Nate Zwonitzer at (651) 644-8888 or nate@capitolregionwd.org.

Capitol Region Watershed District
1410 Energy Park Drive, Suite 4
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Capitolregionwd.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota