Grants of up to $20,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, community groups, and professional associations in eligible areas to plan projects that will help improve water quality. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. All project types should benefit people who live, learn, and/or work in or near the MWMO watershed, which covers about 40 square miles in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Any physical projects must be located within MWMO boundaries or drain to receiving water bodies within the watershed.
Applications that include improvements on private lands will be considered. These projects will be more competitive during review if they show ongoing benefits such as public access, public education, and environmental improvement or protection.
The MWMO is particularly interested in supporting engagement or physical projects that will reach underserved populations (neighborhoods or residents not previously involved in MWMO projects) and projects located in environmentally sensitive areas as defined by the MWMO Watershed Management Plan or the MWMO Board of Commissioners.Project Examples:Evaluation of a site, or combination of several sites, including drainage areas, impervious surfaces and associated runoff. Engineering for schematic stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage this specific volume and rate of water (this is often called a Stormwater Master Plan). This may include costs, prioritization of BMPs and an estimated construction timeline.Natural resource management plans and/or construction documents and specifications for erosion control practices, native plant buffers around waterbodies, and ecological restoration (e.g., removal of invasive species and establishment of native species)Program designs that could result in positive, long-term changes in community behaviors, such as improved water conservation practices, reduction in use of polluting agents (e.g., road salt and lawn chemicals) and use of stormwater BMPsCalculations and modeling for site-specific stormwater BMPs and other practices to reduce pollution, combined with a plan for reporting on the effectiveness of new technologies and approachesSoil borings or other tests that help assess the likely success of a projectSchematic design drawings for replacement of impervious surfaces with high-capacity pervious materialsDevelopment of an educational curriculum, creation of a communication or behavior change campaign, or other outreach/engagement projectsAn interpretive framework for an exhibition and a plan of action for implementationWater quality themed educational activities and workshops for an areaReimbursable Expenses can be found at https://www.mwmo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MWMO-Budget-Guidance-2021.pdf#page=3.grants for minorities

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