If you are a public or private landowner, we can help fund improvements to your property that benefit water quality and natural resources.
We provide Stewardship Grants to install and maintain a variety of best management practices. These are designed to filter and reduce runoff, protect groundwater, restore native ecosystems, prevent flooding and lessen the effects of drought.
Common types of projects include:
- Rain gardens
- Native landscaping
- Shoreland restoration
- Pervious pavement
Please note: Practices required by any grading or building permit are not eligible for funding. Practices that go above and beyond all permit requirements may be eligible.
We offer grants of up to $15,000 for homeowners or $100,000 for commercial/church/school/association/government entities. Funding covers 50-100 percent of the project, depending on type and location. Requests over $5,000 must be approved by the District Board of Managers. Please refer to our Stewardship Grant Program Guide for more information.
Routine maintenance of your project is essential, especially during the first 2-3 years after installation. For new projects, we can reimburse up to 50 percent of your annual maintenance costs with a maximum of $5,000 over five years. If you have completed a District grant-funded project within the last five years, you may be eligible for maintenance funding as well. For more information, please contact Watershed Project Manager Paige Ahlborg, email@example.com, 651-792-7964.
Applications are no longer being accepted for the year. The application process will resume January 1, 2019, and site visits will resume spring 2019.
To schedule a site visit and develop a plan for your project, please contact:
Michael Schumann, Ramsey Conservation District
Email Michael.Schumann@co.ramsey.mn.us or call 651-266-7275
Tara Kline, Washington Conservation District
Email TKline@mnwcd.org or call 651-330-8220 x28
How to apply
Please review the information on this page, schedule a site visit to discuss design options and then apply for a grant using the online form below. If you have questions about the application process, contact Watershed Project Manager Paige Ahlborg at 651-792-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.