Planning Grants

Planning Grants are intended to assist organizations to plan and prepare documentation for a project that will be implemented in the near future. Planning Grants help fund the planning process for detailed projects that help improve water quality through construction, education, outreach or other creative ways.

  • Grant up to $10,000; 25 percent match required
  • Competitive application review process and final award approved by MWMO Board of Commissioners
  • Please see: Eligibility Requirements

For full details of funding requirements, application and grant processes, please see the MWMO Planning Grant Guide (PDF). For past project examples, see our Projects section.

How to Apply

Submit an Application via emailPlanning Grant Application (DOCX, 6 MB, 7 pages)

And submit a Budget Form via emailStewardship Fund Budget Form (XLS, 0.1 MB, 1 page)

Deadline: Friday, June 5, 2020, by 4:30 p.m.

Applications will first be reviewed by MWMO staff. The MWMO will invite selected applicants to meet to discuss their proposal in more detail and revise. Final applications are due Friday, July 19, 2019, and 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. Notification of award will follow the September board meeting.

More Information

Planning Grants Guide (PDF, 0.2 MB, 7 pages)
Eligibility Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
Budget Form Instructions (PDF, 0.2 MB, 2 pages)
Stewardship Fund Grants Brochure (PDF, 1.6 MB, 2 pages)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the MWMO to discuss ideas and ask questions in advance of submitting an application.


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