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Money available for community groups to improve water quality

SWCD seeking applicants for stormwater mini-grants

Posted: March 17, 2013 - 8:27pm

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is seeking applications for stormwater reduction mini-grants to fund projects to be implemented in 2013-2014 within Crow Wing County.

Project proposals from community partners will reduce polluted runoff and improve lakes and streams in Crow Wing County.

“Potential applicants can contact the SWCD for free assistance with Stormwater Reduction Mini-Grant applications. SWCD staff can help to select materials, identify costs, and can provide feedback on project plans” said Melissa Barrick, SWCD district manager in a news release.

Eligible applicants include schools, churches, neighborhood associations, local businesses, and residents of local communities. Grant requirements include 25 percent in-kind cash match. Projects must also be designed for a 10-year minimum lifetime and include maintenance contracts with two-year minimum duration.

SWCD, Crow Wing County, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension will review, score and rank the applications.

Applicants for projects located in areas around lakes and streams with declining water quality and projects that involve community partnerships and public awareness will receive higher scores. Proposed projects should also address the 2008 Crow Wing County water plan priorities.

April 1 is the deadline for applications. To apply, download the application online at or email

For more information, contact the Crow Wing SWCD at 828-6197 or email

Funds for stormwater reduction mini-grants are provided by the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment of 2008.