Watershed Stewards Minigrant Program
- Improve water quality
- Educate residents/businesses on water quality issues like invasive species or storm water runoff
- Engage residents/businesses to practice water quality stewardship
- Reduce the impact of invasive species
- Protect or improve wildlife habitat around lakes, rivers, & wetlands
- Homeowner/condominium associations
- Neighborhood groups
- Nonprofit or faith organizations
- Public & private schools
- Lake Associations
- Sportsman’s groups
- Environmental education resources - materials, activities, programs
- Native plant buffers along streams, lakes, or wetlands
- Native plant workshops
- Invasive species education and removal
- Water quality events
By applying to this minigrant you agree to:
- Enter into a Watershed Steward Grant Cooperative Agreement with Scott County.
- Allow SWMO staff access to the project.
- Participate in SWMO media coverage of the project.
- Allow SWMO to use any and all photos, publications, publicity, and methods developed as part of the project. (If your project involves community engagement, please get permission from participants to publicly share photo/video taken of them.)
- Submit a one page progress report six months after approval.
- Submit a final report detailing expenses, outcomes, what worked well, and what didn’t work well.
- Submit original receipts of all expenses (photocopies are not acceptable.)
Click on the document images to view/download/print this year's flier and application for the minigrant program.
How to Apply:
- Go to Watershed Stewards Grant webpage. Review the flier and application for full eligibility requirements and terms of the grant.
- Fill out the application completely (either physically or electronically)
- Remember to include attachments such as maps and budgets. These can be sent as separate documents.
- If you have issues filling out the PDF, Sarah can send you a Microsoft Word document.
- Applications are taken on a continuous basis until the grant money is consumed. Look for an announcement at the top of this page when funding has been encumbered.
- All applications are subject to board approval. If approved, then the applicant will enter into a contract with the county to be reimbursed for project expenses. Please see the application for more details.
Funded Project Examples
The New Prague School District's Fish and Wildlife class had borrowed nets in the past to survey fish populations in local lakes, but were experiencing scheduling conflicts. Nets were purchased using the SWMO Watershed Stewards Minigrant Program. The purchased nets allows students a hands-on learning experience, and the opportunity to collect data on lakes they otherwise wouldn’t. The students used the fish nets to survey fish populations at Lake Pepin in the photos below. Fish size, species, and other data are sent to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to distribute to the public.
For several years now, SWMO has helped fund the Cedar Lake Improvement District's annual Carp Cabob tournament. Carp are an invasive fish that cause many water quality issues. The tournament provides a fun and low-cost management technique. In the picture below are the 2016 first place winners—Nathan Boyer, Austin Linder, and Josh Pexa, posing with their winnings. They won first place in the tournament for bow fishing 25 carp; a prize for the most amount of bullheads—35; and a prize for the biggest carp, weighing in at 31 pounds 1 ounce.
The Jordan Elementary School District is installing a pollinator garden in the southwest corner of the elementary school grounds. This project gives students a hands-on outdoor learning opportunity. It will also give members of the community a nice place explore. Students helped clear twigs from the project area, which was prepped and seeded in fall of 2016. Trails and a wind break (made from Dogwood shrubs) will be installed in 2017.