Stewardship Fund Grants
Stewardship Fund Grants support public efforts to manage stormwater, control pollution, and improve water quality and habitat.
Please visit mwmo.org/projects/ for past project examples. These examples are provided simply as general ideas and are not meant to limit the possibilities or creativity of applicants. The MWMO welcomes all creative project ideas that meet the three Stewardship Fund Grant purposes.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read our Eligibility Requirements and contact the MWMO and/or attend an information session to discuss ideas and ask questions in advance of submitting an application. Please join MWMO staff for an information session on September 23 or October 28 to learn more about the grants, or reach out to the contact below to connect with staff.
This grant process is competitive, meaning not all projects submitted to the MWMO will be funded.
Stewardship Fund Grants At a Glance
|Brief Summary||Available for short-term or small-scale water quality projects.||Assistance in creating a plan for a water quality or habitat projects.||Assistance in completion of a water quality or habitat 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, or facility rental.||Staff time, consultant costs, contractor costs, construction materials specific to the stormwater management features being constructed.|
|Amount of Funding Available||Up to $5,000||Up to $20,000||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 takes ~4 months.||Once annually. March Application deadline, award in July.||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 updates to MWMO staff, project photos, expense receipts, and deliverables per grant contract that show the project met the three Grant Purposes listed above.|
|MWMO Contact Person||Adam Flett||Alicia Beattie||Alicia Beattie|
*For specifics on eligibility, see Eligibility Requirements