Stewardship Fund Grants

Stewardship Fund Grants support public efforts to manage stormwater, control pollution and improve water quality and habitat.

As a general rule, Stewardship Fund Grant projects must meet all three of the following grant purposes:

  1. Develop partnerships with community organizations
  2. Protect or improve the quality of water, habitat, and natural resources
  3. Build community understanding, knowledge, and initiative related to water, habitat, and natural resource issues and solutions

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read our Eligibility Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions and contact the MWMO and/or attend an information session to discuss ideas and ask questions in advance of submitting an application.

This grant process is competitive, meaning not all projects will be funded.

Stewardship Fund Grants At a Glance

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Requirements

Mini Grant

Planning Grant

Action Grant

Brief Summary Available for short-term or small-scale water quality projects. Assistance in creating a plan for a water quality project. Assistance in completion of a water quality project, typically significant in scope and cost. Project must be ready to implement as soon as grant funds are awarded.
Grant Purpose #1 Develop partnerships with community organizations
Grant Purpose #2 Protect or improve quality of water, habitat, and natural resources
Grant Purpose #3 Build community understanding, knowledge, and initiative related to water, habitat, and natural resource issues and solutions
Eligible Applicant* Nonprofits, business and professional associations, officially recognized neighborhood groups, schools and local units of government
Eligible Location* Inside the MWMO watershed boundary. Check your location here
Eligible Expenses* All funding must be used toward stormwater-related project components. This may include staff time, consultant costs, contractor costs, materials and supplies, postage, printing, travel, facility rental Staff time, consultant costs, contractor costs, construction materials specific to the stormwater management features being constructed
Amount of Funding Available Up to $3,000 Up to $10,000 Up to $50,000
Fund Match Required None 25 percent 25 percent
Application Timeline (see due dates below) Two rounds per year. Application to receipt of funds ~4 months. Once annually. June Application deadline, award in September. Once annually. November Application deadline, award in March.
Project Completion Must be completed within one (1) year from date of signed contract
Project Evaluation and Reporting Requirements Regular MWMO Staff updates, project photos, expense receipts, and deliverables per grant contract that show the project met the three criteria listed above.
MWMO Contact Person Tammy Schmitz Marcy Bean Marcy Bean

*For specifics on eligibility, see Eligibility Requirements

Mini Grants

Next Application deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.

Mini Grant initial Applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff. The MWMO will invite selected applicants to meet to discuss their proposal in more detail and give the opportunity for revision. Final applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff and applicants will be notified if they will receive funding for their project.

Contact for more information about Mini Grants:
Tamara Schmitz, Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
612-746-4988 or tschmitz@mwmo.org

Planning Grants

Next Application deadline: Friday, June 5, 2020, by 4:30 p.m.

Action Grants

Next Application deadline: Friday, November 8, 2019, by 4:30 p.m.

Planning and Action Grant initial Applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff. The MWMO will invite selected applicants to meet to discuss their proposal in more detail and give the opportunity for revision. Final applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff and the MWMO Citizen Advisory Committee. These recommendations for grant award are reviewed and must be approved by the MWMO Board of Commissioners, after which applicants will be notified about their grant status.

Contact for more information about Planning and Action Grants:
Marcy Bean, Capital Projects and Stewardship Specialist
612-746-4979 or mbean@mwmo.org

More Information

Eligibility Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Stewardship Fund Grants Brochure (PDF, 1.6 MB, 2 pages)

Grantee Resources