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Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants

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

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Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to Minnesota agencies, schools, nonprofit and religious organizations, and businesses for capital projects to improve and protect water quality in the St. Paul area. Funding is intended for construction and final engineering of innovative and cost-effective projects within the Capitol Region Watershed District. The watershed district includes parts of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville, and Saint Paul.

Successful applicants have a minimum of a completed water quality feasibility study and are typically planning on construction within a year of receiving a grant award (typically end of December).


  • Support mid to large scale 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
  • Provide opportunities to educate the public on their connection to water resources.
  • 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
  • Support projects that further CRWD’s equity goal of implementing water quality improvement projects in underserved areas

Project Eligibility:

  • Project must be located within CRWD
  • Water quality related construction and construction management expenses exceeding $40,000
  • 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
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148816

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Typical annual funding available: $300,000 - $500,000
- Average grant award: $100,000

Term of Contract:

All grant projects must be completed by the date identified in the grant agreement, typically two years after the grant is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:
- 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:

- October 31, 2019 11:59 PM: Application Deadline
- December 18, 2019: Grant Award Authorization
- After January 1, 2020: Grant Funds Available After Finalized Grant Agreement

Applicant matching funds are not required but are encouraged and factored into application scoring. Matching funds should be identified in the application. For funds to be considered match, they must be applied to project elements that are also eligible for grant funds. The match must be cash, or the value of goods, materials, and professional services directly attributed to grant-eligible items.

Grant reimbursements will not be issued until all expenses have been paid, and CRWD staff have verified projects are completed. Grantees are required to provide CRWD with proof of payments, final project report, and as-built construction plans. Reimbursements will be made within 60 days of final CRWD approval.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Nate Zwonitzer
(651) 644-8888 x109

Capitol Region Watershed District
595 Aldine Street
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Capitol Region Watershed District, which includes parts of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville, and Saint Paul

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