Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant
About the Grant
The Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant (NWREG) is a grant for residents of up to $1,000 for projects on private property that enhance water quality. Grant recipients receive their grant money in the form of a reimbursement that is paid after completion of their project.
Projects that qualify for the grant include but are not limited to shoreline restorations, rain gardens, and native plantings. Please read the NWREG policies (PDF) to determine whether or not your project is eligible.
There will be two rounds of funding in 2020. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4 -OR- Wednesday, July 15.
Applying for the Grant
The NWREG is a reimbursement grant with awards of up to $1,000. The grant may not be used retroactively (i.e. for projects already underway or completed). Please make sure that your grant application is approved before spending money on your project. Download the grant application here:
Grant Review Process
City staff review applications and typically make decisions regarding grant awards by mid-May. All applicants will be notified by email (by regular mail if no email address is given) whether or not their projects were awarded a grant.
Numerous grant applications are submitted every year, so not every qualifying project will receive a grant award. When reviewing applications, a key consideration is which proposed projects would have the most direct benefit to enhancing water quality. Well-planned, detailed projects with a high level of positive impact to water quality will be prioritized for receiving grants.
Considerations when reviewing applications:
- Complete, neat and detailed application
- Drawing or sketch of proposed project
- Project cost estimates
- Indication that applicant has sufficient knowledge to successfully implement the proposed project. This may include:
- Workshop participation (such as the Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District’s project design workshops, part of the Landscaping for Clean Water workshop series)
- Consultation with a professional that has experience related to proposed project
- Other experience that demonstrates applicant’s ability to successfully design and implement project
- Estimated impact of proposed project to water quality improvement. Typically, but not always, projects such as a rain garden or shoreline restoration have a greater impact to water quality than a native plant garden.
Additional information to include in application:
- Rain garden
- Planting plan details (plant species, planting locations)
- Depth and width of rain garden
- Shoreline restoration or buffer
- Existing condition of shoreline
- Area (sq. ft.) of shoreline or buffer that would be restored
- Native plant list and planting layout
- Native plant garden or native planting (e.g. prairie)
- Planting plan details (plant species, planting locations, size of project)
- Long-term maintenance/upkeep plan (How are you going to maintain the planting?)
Please email, mail, or fax application to:
Application drop-off to the Maintenance Facility not available as City buildings are currently closed to the public.
For questions regarding the grant, please contact Linnea Wier, at 952-895-4518 or email