Stewardship Fund Program
Deadline for Summer Grants
Mini Grants are due at 3:00 PM on, June 3, 2013
Water pollution comes from many different sources, including our everyday activities. How we care for our yards and grounds, wash and
maintain our cars, and even dispose of pet waste can contribute to water pollution in the Mississippi River. The hard surfaces of our
driveways, sidewalks, and pathways increase the amount of stormwater entering the stormdrains. There are many choices we can make to reduce
these harmful impacts on water quality.
Become a partner organization with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) by applying for a Stewardship Fund grant to
work together to improve water quality in the MWMO. The MWMO includes parts of Minneapolis, Saint Paul,
the City of Saint Anthony Village, Lauderdale, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and all of Hilltop. View the MWMO boundaries.
Stewardship Fund Program Goals
Projects funded through the Stewardship Fund Program should achieve the following:
The intent of the Stewardship Program is to extend the MWMO's ability to protect and improve water quality and natural resources
through partnerships with organizations that create and increase local capacity to manage water and natural resources, demonstrate
practices and methods to improve water and natural resources, and build community understanding, knowledge and participation in the
stewardship of water and natural resources.
1) Improve water and natural resources
Projects may reduce pollution (both point and non-point source) entering
surface and groundwater, prevent flooding, lessen the effects of drought,
increase the capacity of the watershed to store water, and/or restore or
maintain habitat and native plant communities.
2) Build community understanding, knowledge and stewardship of water and natural resources
Projects should educate and engage people in the watershed regarding watershed
issues, resulting in awareness and changed behaviors. Organizations receiving
grants will increase their capacity
to lead and promote water quality efforts.
$250,000 is available annually through three types of grants:
• Mini Grants up to $2,000
• Planning Grants up to $10,000
• Action Grants up to $50,000
For questions or more information, please contact the MWMO's Grant Specialist at SFgrants@mwmo.org or (612) 465-8780, ext. 206.