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Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant
About the Grant

The Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant (NWREG) is an opportunity for residents to acquire funding for projects on private property that enhance water quality. 

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

The application deadline of May 8, 2017 has passed.

Applying for the Grant

The NWREG is a reimbursement grant with awards of up to $1,000.  This grant can not be used retroactively—please make sure your grant is approved before spending money on your project.  To receive reimbursements, grantees must submit dated receipts.

Download grant application here:  NWREG Grant Application (PDF format)
Download MS Word fillable form version of the grant application here:  NWREG Grant Application (fillable 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 phone 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 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 attendance (such as the Dakota County Soil & Water District's Landscaping for Clean Water workshop), consultation with a professional, or other experience such as demonstrated efforts toward self-education.)
  • Project cost-to-benefit ratio (which projects would give us the most water quality benefit)

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 planting or native garden

  • 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

Fax:  952-895-4531

Or drop off application in person:
City of Burnsville Maintenance Facility
Location: 13713 Frontier Court
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm


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

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