Why participate in our Grant Program?

CRWD grants provide financial and technical assistance to help citizens build projects that protect local lakes and the Mississippi River.

Polluted runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in lakes and rivers in urban areas. Reducing runoff by allowing it to soak into the ground is key to keeping our lakes and rivers clean. Much of the land in CRWD is already developed and held by private owners, so working with landowners who build clean water projects is vitally important. All applications are subject to approval by our Board of Managers. There is a 2-4 week review and approval period.

Stewardship Grants help businesses or homeowners build projects that prevent stormwater pollution. Awards range from $500-$20,000 and applications are accepted year-round. To apply for a Stewardship Grant, the first step is to contact Ramsey Conservation District at 651-266-7275 for a free site visit. If you already have a project plan and detailed cost estimate, you can submit it to Andrew at CRWD to begin the review process,

Featured Stewardship Grant: 2017 Hamline-Midway Curb Cut Rain Gardens

Special Grants fund construction or design costs for projects that improve water quality and have high visibility or educational value. Typical recipients are cities, neighborhood associations and large companies. Special Grants are awarded once a year and awards typically range from $20,000 to $100,000. For more information, click on the special grants link above or call CRWD office at (651) 644-8888.

Partner Grants fund organizations or faith groups with programs that educate citizens and promote clean water actions. Grants are awarded once a year in December for the following year, and awards typically range from $2,000 to $20,000.  For details on the Partner Grant Application process click on the link to the ‘Partner Grants’ page above. 

Rain Barrel Workshop Grants provide financial assistance to organizations or neighborhood groups who organize a community rain barrel construction workshop. Award size is $40 per participant. Applications are accepted year-round.

Abandoned Well Sealing Grants are used for sealing abandoned wells that are within our District. Awards are typically 50% of the total cost for well sealing. Applications are accepted year-round.