Special Grants

CRWD is now accepting applications for 2019 grant funds to support water resource protection and improvement. What was formerly the Special Grant program has been split into Water Quality Planning Grants and Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants (see program descriptions and requirements below). These grants are intended to assist partners with feasibility, design, and construction of large projects (>$40,000) that protect and improve water resources within CRWD. Goals of these grants include:

  • Identify innovative, cost-effective solutions for protecting and improving water quality of CRWD lakes, streams, and wetlands and the Mississippi River
  • Build capacity for partners to accelerate on-the-ground projects that protect and improve water quality
  • Preserve and protect plant and wildlife communities adjacent to lakes, rivers and wetlands
  • Establish links between people and water resources through education.
  • Provide demonstration projects for innovative best management practices
  • Support projects that improve water quality and that serve as an asset and resource for the public and local community.

Who can apply:

  • Government agencies working in CRWD
  • Public and private schools located within CRWD
  • Nonprofit, faith-based or religious organizations serving within CRWD
  • Businesses and other private property owners who are located within CRWD

Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants

Applications due: October 31, 2018

Application cycle: Currently open, if funding remains a second round of applications may be considered in spring, 2019.

Overview: Water Quality Capital Improvement Grants provide financial assistance for final engineering and construction of cost-effective and/or innovative projects that protect and improve the water quality of waterbodies within CRWD. Successful applicants have a minimum of a completed water quality feasibility study and are typically planning on construction within a year of applying. Applicant matching funds are not required but are encouraged.

Water Quality Capital Improvement Grant Program Description

Water Quality Capital Improvement Grant Application (Deadline: October 31, 2018)

Water Quality Planning Grants

Application cycle: Applications are accepted at anytime

Overview: Water Quality Planning Grants provide financial assistance for feasibility and design of cost-effective and/or innovative projects that protect and improve the water quality of waterbodies within CRWD. Typical projects funded through this program include feasibility studies and engineering services to identify, prioritize, and design capital improvement projects that include benefits to natural resources. Water Quality Planning Grants will typically provide much of the information needed to apply for construction funds through CRWD’s Water Quality Capital Improvement Grant.

Water Quality Planning Grant Program Description

Water Quality Planning Grant Application

If you have a potential project you’d like to discuss or questions about either of the above grant programs, please contact Nate Zwonitzer (651) 644-8888.