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Cost-share grants will be awarded for up to 50% of a project's cost, on a reimbursement basis, for materials, labor, engineering, and consulting fees. The minimum grant award is $500. Review the cost-share guidelines before filling out and submitting your application. The grant guidelines contain important information about eligible projects and expenses, reporting requirements, and application requirements. 

Maximum Grant Award

  • $2,500 for residential projects
  • $7,500 for townhome, condominium, or lake associations
  • $20,000 for commercial, government, or non-profit projects

Grant examples include, but are not limited to: raingardens, buffer strips, shoreline restoration, permeable pavers, buckthorn removal with native restoration, volume reduction and treatment practices, and more!

How to Apply and What to Expect

  1. Fill out and submit the application
  2. Sign and date the application.
  3. Electronic applications, including a work plan, budget, and supporting materials, should be submitted as one complete document.
  4. Each applicant selected is required to enter into a Cost-Share Grant and Maintenance Agreement with the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District.
  5. Within 30 days of the completion, a summary report must be submitted with paid receipts before final reimbursement.


Applications are typically open at the beginning of each year. Check back to view availability and updates on grant periods.

Send Applications To: 


Linda Loomis, Administrator

Lower Minnesota River Watershed District

112 East 5th Street #102

Chaska, MN 55318


A rain garden built with cost-share funds