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The Educator Mini-Grant program will provide up to 10 grants per school year--each up to $500--to help cover the cost of materials and programming that focus on water resources, while funds last. Review the mini-grant information handout before filling out and submitting your application.


  • The applicant must be located within the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (LMRWD) or a member city
  • Activities and projects must have a water resources or wildlife habitat component
  • Recipients are eligible for only one grant per school year
  • Receipts and a project report must be provided for refund

Grant examples include, but are not limited to: equipment, supplies and in-class materials, field trips and transportation, guest speakers, teacher training, and program sponsorship funding. Examples of activities not eligible for funding include: marketing materials for self-promotion, staff payroll, and funding for future undetermined activities and projects.

How to Apply and What to Expect

  1. Fill out and submit the application. Applications should be sent to with the subject heading: "LMRWD Educator Mini-Grant Program"
  2. All applications received on or before the deadline will be pre-screened before members of the Citizen Advisory Committee review the applications and score them based on project quality metrics.
  3. Funding recommendations will be presented to the Board of Managers for consideration.
  4. If successful, an agreement will be created and you will be contacted for your signature.
  5. Congratulations! Now you can complete your project or activity. Take photos and save receipts.
  6. Fill out and submit the reimbursement and reporting form when your project or activity is complete.
  7. Payment will be transmitted once reporting requirements are met. 


Grant funds are available for the 2023-2024 academic year. The application will be released twice during the academic year with deadlines on October 20, 2023 and February 23, 2024. Applications are awarded on a competitive basis while funds last.

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The Citizen Advisory Committee tours Ike's Creek