Stewardship Grants

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) values and encourages the efforts made by residents to participate in its mission, to protect, manage and improve the water resources of Capitol Region Watershed District.

Through our Stewardship Grant Program we hope to encourage a strong ethic of water resource stewardship among citizens.

What types of projects are included in this grant program?
Stewardship Grants help businesses or homeowners build projects on their property that prevent stormwater pollution. Public and private landowners are eligible for technical and financial assistance to install water quality improvement best management practices (BMPs). Specifically, the program funds BMPs that reduce stormwater runoff, prevent erosion and filter pollutants. Typical BMP projects include but are not limited to:

  • rain gardens
  • shoreline restoration
  • water reuse systems
  • permeable hardscapes (pavers, asphalt etc.).

Click here for a fact sheet of Stormwater Best Management Practices
Click here to learn “All About Rain Gardens

Who is eligible?
Property owners within Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) are eligible for grants. To find out if you are within CRWD boundaries use our “Am I in the Watershed” tool by clicking here.

Why are these projects supported by tax-payer dollars?
Stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution, and reducing stormwater runoff by allowing it to soak into the ground is key to keeping our lakes and rivers clean. With the vast majority of land in private ownership, partnerships with private landowners to install clean water projects is vitally important to improving our lakes and rivers.

How is funding determined?
Stewardship Grant awards are allocated based on the water quality benefits provided by each Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMPs). Projects that capture runoff from streets (curb cut rain gardens), parking lots, or other larger impervious surfaces receive higher awards due to their higher water quality benefits. These projects could potentially receive up to 95% of the total project costs in addition to free design services. On the other hand, projects that have a small impact in reducing stormwater volume and pollutants receive a lower grant award, or in some cases these projects may not qualify for Stewardship Grant funds. Since public funds are used to design and finance these  projects CRWD wants to make sure that grant funds are used to support high impact projects. Regardless of size or benefits of the project, CRWD provides free site visits and technical resources to all grant applicants to help get water quality improvement projects installed.

How do I get started?

Stewardship Grant Application Form & Program Guidelines

  • Step 1: CRWD partners with Ramsey Conservation District (RCD) to coordinate the Stewardship Grant program and provide technical assistance to landowners. Contact Joe Lochner at RCD at (651) 266-7273 to schedule a free site visit .
  • Step 2: Work with RCD to develop a Clean Water Plan for your property that identifies water quality improvement opportunities.
  • Step 3: Select the projects you want to pursue  and complete a grant application. Applications are accepted year-round.
  • Step 4: Grant application review by CRWD.
  • Step 5: Implement the project.
  • Step 6: Submit information to CRWD to receive reimbursement through the grant program.


For questions or to submit an application, please contact Andrew at (651) 644-8888 or

To determine if you or your project is located in Capitol Region Watershed District, click here.

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