Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant

About the Grant

The Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant (NWREG) is a grant for residents of up to $1,000 for projects on private property that enhance water quality. Grant recipients receive their grant money in the form of a reimbursement that is paid to grant recipient after completion of their project.

Projects that qualify for the grant include but are not limited to shoreline restorations, rain gardens, and native plantings. Please read the NWREG policies (PDF) to determine whether or not your project is eligible.

Deadline: The 2018 deadline has passed. Please check back this winter for 2019 grant information.

Applying for the Grant

The NWREG is a reimbursement grant with awards of up to $1,000. The grant may not be used retroactively (i.e. for projects already underway or completed). Please make sure that your grant application is approved before spending money on your project. To receive reimbursements, grantees must submit dated receipts and project photo.

Download grant application here: NWREG Grant Application (PDF) Download MS Word fillable form version of the grant application here: NWREG Grant Application (fillable PDF form)

Grant Review Process

City staff review applications and typically make decisions regarding grant awards by mid-May. All applicants will be notified by email (by regular mail if no email address is given) whether or not their projects were awarded a grant.

We receive numerous grant applications every year, so not every qualifying project will receive a grant award. When reviewing grant applications, we identify proposed projects that would have the most direct benefit to enhancing water quality. Well-planned, detailed projects with a high level of positive impact to water quality will be prioritized for receiving grants. 

Below are proposed project details that we look for when we review applications.

All Projects

  • Complete, neat and detailed application packet
  • Drawing or sketch of proposed project (if applicable)
  • Project cost estimates
  • Indication that applicant has sufficient knowledge to successfully implement the proposed project. This may include:
    • Workshop participation (such as the Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District's project design workshop, which is a follow-up to their Landscaping for Clean Water introductory workshop)
    • Consultation with a professional that has experience related to proposed project
    • Other experience that demonstrates applicant's ability to successfully design and implement project
  • Estimated impact of proposed project to water quality improvement. Typically, but not always, projects such as a rain garden or shoreline restoration have a greater impact to water quality than a native plant garden.

Rain garden

  • Planting plan details (plant species, planting locations)
  • Rain garden depth and width

Shoreline restoration or buffer

  • Existing condition of shoreline
  • Amount of shoreline or shoreline buffer that would be restored
  • Native plant list and planting layout

Native plant garden or native planting (e.g. prairie)

  • Planting plan details (plant species, planting location, size of planting/garden)
  • Long-term maintenance/upkeep plan (How are you going to maintain the planting?)

Grant Submission

Please email, mail, or fax application to:

Liz Forbes
City of Burnsville
13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337
Email Liz Forbes

Fax: 952-895-4531

Or drop off application in person:

City of Burnsville Maintenance Facility
Location: 13713 Frontier Court
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Questions?

For questions regarding the grant, please contact Liz Forbes, at 952-895-4518 or email