Stewardship Fund Grants

Stewardship Fund Grants support public efforts to manage stormwater, control pollution and improve water quality and habitat. The MWMO offers three types of Stewardship Fund Grants for eligible applicants, with grant awards ranging from a maximum of $3,000 to $50,000, depending on the nature of the project.

Eligible grant applicants include nonprofits, business and professional associations, officially recognized neighborhood groups, schools and local units of government located inside the MWMO watershed. Eligible applicants may not serve a dual role as project manager and project consultant. (See our Eligibility Requirements page for full details.)

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

  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

Grant Types

The MWMO offers three different types of Stewardship Fund Grants.

Mini Grants

Available for short-term or small-scale water quality projects. The grant amount may not exceed $3,000. No matching funds are required.

Next pre-application deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018, by 4:30 p.m.

Planning Grants

Available to plan for a project, significant in scope and cost. The outcome of these grants may be used to complete either a Stewardship Fund Action Grant with the MWMO (application required) or for a project with another funder. The grant amount may not exceed $10,000. Some matching funds are required.

Next pre-application deadline: TBD

Action Grants

Available to complete a project, significant in scope and cost. The grant amount may not exceed $50,000. Some matching funds are required.

Next pre-application deadline: Friday, November 9, 2018, by 4:30 p.m.


Find out if your organization, project and project site are eligible for this grant. Full details can be found on our Eligibility Requirements page.


To obtain a Stewardship Fund grant from MWMO, applicants generally follow this process:

  1. Contact the MWMO to discuss your project idea that meets one or more of the grant purposes listed above and/or attend an information session.
  2. Coordinate with MWMO staff to decide if a meeting and/or a visit to your project site would help the application process.
  3. Submit a completed pre-application form that matches the grant type you wish to apply for (Mini, Planning, or Action) by the application deadline. The pre-application helps the MWMO decide if a project meets our program purposes and can realistically be accomplished with our partnership.
  4. If your project is selected to move ahead by the MWMO, meet with our staff for feedback on your application. Use the information provided to complete a full application and submit it by the application deadline.
  5. Wait for the MWMO to tell you if your project was selected for a grant.
  6. Attend an orientation session to learn how you can to use your grant funds, how to track project expenses, and what other resources are available to help grant recipients.
  7. Plan your project with the MWMO’s participation. Agree on “deliverables” that must be provided to the MWMO at the end of the grant.
  8. Review and sign an agreement with the MWMO. Receive initial funding.
  9. Begin your project activities. Grantees have 12 months to complete their project and submit deliverables to the MWMO.
  10. Provide project deliverables and participate in a close-out interview with MWMO staff at the end of the project to receive the final reimbursement.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the MWMO to discuss ideas and ask questions before submitting a pre-application.

More Information

Eligibility Requirements

Grantee Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Stewardship Fund Brochure
(PDF, 1.4 MB, 2 pages)


Mini Grants

Tamara Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
612-746-4988 or

Planning and Action Grants

Marcy Bean
Capital Projects and Stewardship Specialist
612-746-4979 or