Grants and Resources

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Cost Share Grant Program
The MCWD Cost Share Grant Program may be able to contribute up to 75 percent of the cost of installing rain gardens, shoreline or streambank plantings, pervious pavement driveways, or other water-friendly landscaping. To qualify for funding, projects must also increase awareness about stormwater management through signage, events or other outreach. Grants may be available to the owner of any public or private property located within the District, including residential homes, apartments, businesses, schools, or cities.

Visit the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District for more information.

Low-Impact Development (LID) Grants

Qualified homeowners, businesses, and community groups are eligible to receive LID grants of up to $1,000.00 for the installation of LID projects. LID projects are development features installed with the purpose of managing and treating stormwater runoff. Applicants are rated on the quantity of stormwater treated and the quality and proximity to the receiving water body.  The dollar value granted must be equally matched by the project owner (i.e. a $500.00 project would get $250.00 from the LID grant program and the project proposer would need to contribute $250.00) 

Examples of qualifying LID projects include, but are not limited to, rain gardens, pervious pavement, shoreline restorations, and filtration swales.

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For more information, contact Ryan Pinkalla.

Related Resource:

LID Grant Information Sheet

Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association (LMPA) Runoff Management Grant Program

Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association (LMPA) in coordination with Carver County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will provide grants and technical assistance for residential rainwater runoff projects (for approved projects). The LMPA grant will provide funding up to 75% of project cost with a maximum of $500 per project and payment will be made upon completion. There could be additional funding available from SWCD for qualified projects. LMPA has a total of $5,000 set aside for this purpose. Runoff projects can consist of rain gardens and/or berms that restrain water from running into the storm sewer system, therefore, draining through soil and native vegetation filtration.

Interested parties should contact either of the following, these resources can also assist with design of your project:
Seth Ristow -, Resource Conservation Technician, SWCD or Kevin Zahler -, Master Water Steward, LMPA.

For more information, including what area is eligible for grant funding, visit