Action Grants

Action Grants are available to complete a stewardship project that is significant in scope and cost. The grant amount may not exceed $50,000. Some matching funds are required.

An application for an Action Grant should demonstrate that thorough planning for the proposed project has already taken place. It must include a realistic budget (including sources and amounts of required in-kind or cash match), secured permissions from landowners for project implementation, construction drawings, and plant lists (if applicable). If these steps are not already complete, consider applying for a Planning Grant.

Application Timeline


Due Friday, November 9, 2018 by 4:30 p.m.
Invitation to submit full applications: by Friday, December 7, 2018
If selected for full application, a meeting will be required with MWMO staff prior to full application due date.

Full Applications

Due Friday, January 18, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.
Notification of grant awards will follow MWMO Board of Commissioners approval on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

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How to Apply

Submit an application (see links below) to the MWMO. This application should show the MWMO how a project meets our grant goals and can be realistically accomplished.

Applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff. The MWMO will invite selected applicants to complete the application process by submitting a revised application. These applicants will be required to meet with MWMO staff to discuss the project in more detail. 

Revised applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff and the MWMO Citizen Advisory Committee. Their recommendations for grant awards are reviewed and must be approved by the MWMO Board of Commissioners.


Action Grant Application (DOCX, 6 MB, 7 pages)

Stewardship Fund Budget Form (XLS, 0.1 MB, 1 page)

Stewardship Fund Budget Form Instructions (PDF, 0.2 MB, 2 pages)

Project Examples

The following are examples of projects that have received an Action Grant. These examples are provided simply as general ideas and are not meant to limit the possibilities or creativity of applicants.

  • Installation of erosion control practices, planting native plant buffers around water bodies, and ecological restoration (e.g., removal of invasive species and establishment of native species)
  • Implementation of program designs that could result in positive, long-term changes in community behaviors, such as improved water conservation practices, reduction in use of polluting agents (e.g., road salt and lawn chemicals) and use of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s)
  • Construction of stormwater BMP’s to reduce pollution, combined with reporting on the effectiveness of new technologies and approaches
  • Construction of impervious surfaces with high-capacity pervious materials, and documents created for site tours to demonstrate the BMP
  • Implementation of an educational curriculum, creation of a communication or behavior change campaign, or other outreach/engagement projects.
  • Implementation of water quality themed educational activities and workshops for an area.

It should be noted that soil contamination in urban areas is common and implementation of projects that infiltrate water will be contingent upon successful demonstration that there is no contamination of concern, remediation has occurred, or there is no potential for negative impact on surface or ground water resources.


Eligible organizations are required to provide a 25 percent match to the grant received. The match may be cash or in-kind support (e.g., volunteer time, donated materials or services, etc.).

Individuals, homeowner and condominium associations, private businesses or any other organization that must partner with an eligible organization to apply for an Action Grant are required to provide a 25 percent cash match.

Grant recipients will receive 25 percent at the beginning of the agreement, most of the remainder based on completion of activities or deliverables, and the remaining 10 percent upon submission and MWMO approval of completion. Reimbursements will be contingent upon documentation of the expenditure of matching funds.

Funding can only be used for activities that occur after the agreement has been signed.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the MWMO to discuss ideas and ask questions in advance of submitting a pre-application

More Information

Action Grants Overview (PDF, 0.2 MB, 6 pages)

Frequently Asked Questions

Grantee Resources

Eligibility Requirements


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