Mini Grants

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

Application Timelines

Fall-Winter Application Schedule

Pre-Applications

Due Friday, October 26, 2018 by 4:30 p.m.

Invitations to submit full applications will begin Friday, November 9, 2018. A meeting will be required with MWMO staff prior to the full application due date.

Full Applications

Due Friday, December 14, 2018, by 4:30 p.m.

Notifications of grant awards will begin Monday, January 7, 2019. Funding is provided when the grant contract is complete and signed by both your organization and the MWMO (January – early March).

Spring Application Schedule

Pre-Applications

Due Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.

Invitations to submit full applications begins Monday, March 4, 2019. A meeting will be required with MWMO staff prior to full application due date.

Full Applications

Due Friday, April 12, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.

Notifications of grant awards begins May 1, 2019. Funding is provided when the grant contract is complete and signed by both your organization and the MWMO (May – June).

Grantees will receive initial funding after a contract has been completed and both the MWMO and the grantee have signed it. See additional details under “Funding” below.

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How to Apply

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

Ensure that your organization is an eligible applicant, the project’s purpose meets MWMO goals and the project site is located inside MWMO boundaries. Staff are available to assist you in gathering this information.

Submit a completed pre-application form to the MWMO. The pre-application assists the MWMO in determining if a project meets our program purposes and can likely be accomplished as proposed.

Pre-applications will be reviewed by MWMO staff. The MWMO will invite selected pre-applicants to complete a full application. Full applications will be reviewed and grant recipients selected by MWMO staff.

Forms

Mini Grant Pre-Application (DOCX, 8 MB, 4 pages)

Funding

No matching funds are required.

Grant recipients will receive their funding in two payments:

  • For most projects, the first payment will equal 50 percent of the agreed upon funding amount. It will be sent to the grantee as soon as the agreement has been signed by the MWMO.
  • The second payment will equal up to 50 percent of the remaining, approved amount of funding. This amount is based on actual project expenses and will be sent to the grantee after the MWMO approves the project completion.

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

Funding can only be provided for actual, documented expenses, up the approved amount of funding.

Project Examples

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

  • community events, such as clean-ups, festivals, invasive plant removal/restoration;
  • leadership programs for young people or underserved communities;
  • educational and technical training (including workshops) for all ages;
  • art or media projects depicting water and natural resource issues;
  • installation of small best management practices demonstrations (i.e. rainbarrels, raingardens, pervious pavers);
  • engagement processes that help identify water and natural resource issues of concern to a community; and
  • educational signs or brochures to explain water quality improvement projects.

Visit our projects page for more.

More Information

Mini Grants Overview (PDF, 0.2 MB, 5 pages)

Frequently Asked Questions

Grantee Resources

Stewardship Fund Eligibility Requirements

Contact

Tamara Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
612-746-4988 or tschmitz@mwmo.org