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2018 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program

Grants to Southeastern Wisconsin Nonprofits and Groups
for the Restoration of the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweet Water)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/01/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, as well as community and civic groups, for the restoration of the Greater Milwaukee watersheds, including the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Root Rivers, and Oak Creek. Funding is intended to restore these watersheds to conditions that are healthy for swimming and fishing.

The aim of the Water Quality Mini-Grant Program is to support local, grassroots efforts that employ green infrastructure practices and other water quality-related activities that will improve water quality, enhance conservation, restore habitat, or educate people about these issues. A mini-grant proposal can be implemented at an individual site, as a neighborhood project, or as a community-wide initiative.

The Sweet Water Mini-Grant Program judges prefer to fund projects on a one-time basis - especially projects needing a “kick-start”, in other words, projects that might not get underway without it.

Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

- Rain barrel, cistern, rain garden, and native landscaping harvesting installations
- Riparian buffer or shoreline restoration efforts
- Planting of trees and other vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff
- Replacement of asphalt, concrete and conventional lawns with trees, plantings, and gardens
- Use of porous concrete, porous blacktop, and permeable pavers
- Educating the public about storm water pollution prevention actions
- Engaging in activities that protect the rivers and lakes from pollution and habitat destruction
- Green roofs, vegetated bio-swales, and buffer strips
- Wetland restoration and pocket wetlands

Successful applicants will likely combine several of these elements in a single project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176107

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sweet Water’s signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program distributes grants of $1,000 to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding will be awarded to non-profit organizations, community, and civic groups.

Projects must be located in one of the five Greater Milwaukee watersheds: the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, and Root Rivers and Oak Creek.

Given the limited dollars available, private businesses and units of government are not eligible for mini-grant funding; however, non-profit organizations including Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, schools, churches, and Boys & Girls Clubs, are encouraged to partner with local governments and businesses on efforts that meet Sweet Water’s mission and vision.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join Sweet Water for Mini-Grant Informational Workshops on either Sept 20 from 3pm to 5pm or Oct 12 from 2pm to 4pm. The workshops will be held at the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way in Milwaukee.

You’ll learn about grant guidelines, funding priorities, and how to prepare a successful grant proposal. Time will be provided for Q & A.

The workshops are open to the public and free of charge.

Pre-Application Information:

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued by Sweet Water every year in the fall. The grants are reviewed and judged by a panel of experts arranged by Sweet Water.


Sweet Water’s 2018 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program Timeline
- Mini-grant project submission deadline: November 1, 2017 at 11:59pm
- Grant review, rating, ranking and selection: November and December, 2017
- Grant winners notified: January 30, 2018
- Grant winners honored at Sweet Water’s Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference: April, 2018
- Grant final reports due: November 1, 2018

Contact Information:

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

RSVP for grant workshops:

Apply online:

Joan Herriges, Program & Operations Manager

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Watersheds of the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Root River, and Oak Creek