Partner Grants

Polluted stormwater 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. CRWD Partner Grants support organizations who share in our mission to protect, manage and improve water resources.  Grants are awarded once a year in fall for the upcoming year, and awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.

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CRWD is now accepting 2019 Partner Grant Applications!

Partner Grants are approved annually. Request for proposals occurs in the fall/early winter to fund projects in the following year. If you have questions about the program contact Lindsay Schwantes at  (651) 644-8888.

Who can apply for a partner grant?
Any organization, institution or faith group within CRWD boundaries with programs that promote and support clean water actions among citizens. Applicants must have liability insurance or have identified a fiscal host who does.

What can I use the grant funding for?
Grants are awarded ranging form $1,000-$20,000. Funded projects are reimbursed upon project completion and final reporting. Funding can be used to reimburse for staff time and or supplies used for the initiative, program or event. Examples of eligible projects  include water themed education programs and materials, organizing projects, community workshops, events, trainings or community art programs. Projects must be completed and a final report submitted by December 31.

How do I apply?
CRWD is now accepting applications for 2019 Partner Grant proposals. All proposals are due by 4 pm on October 26. Application forms are linked below. CRWD’s Board will review and approve funding in December after which staff will notify applicants. Note that the District has $100,000 to fund projects in 2019. Some projects may be approved for partial funding. 

All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend our Partner Grant Application Workshop on September 11, 3 – 4:30pm at our office, 1410 Energy Park Drive, Suite 4, Saint Paul, 55108. Please RSVP with Lindsay at or (651) 644-8888. 

What is required?
All grantees are required to report general information about program participation and outcomes. Priority is given to applicants who propose ways to measure program impacts to residents such as; actions taken, knowledge increase or changes in water quality protection behaviors. Partner grant contract conditions include indemnification and insurance requirements. Contact Lindsay if you have questions about our grant contract terms or 651-644-8888.

2019 Partner Grant Application Form

Final Reports for Partner Grant recipients will be due December 31.

Partner Grant Final Report Requirements
Staff Time Invoice Form – fill this out if you were awarded funds for staff time for any of your tasks/objectives.

To see information on past CRWD Partner Grant recipients, click here.