Grants available for environmental stewardship projects

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is now accepting applications for the Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund, a $100,000 grant fund that helps local communities, schools, civic groups, non-profit groups and others pay for projects that provide, protect or promote clean water. Projects must be within the boundaries of the District and result in improved water quality.
“We’re looking for creative, impactful ideas on how to improve water quality throughout the District,” according to MCWD Education Manager Leslie Yetka. “Eligible projects can either focus on improving public awareness of clean water issues or using new and innovative ways to manage water quality.”
Examples of eligible activities include: developing educational sites, restoring or establishing vegetated buffer zones, hosting workshops, publications and outreach, community clean-ups, native habitat restoration, leadership programs, and innovative demonstration projects that protect clean water. Individual projects are limited to $25,000 in grant funds.
Online applications are available at www.minnehahacreek.org/cynthia-krieg. Mandatory pre-proposals are due Wednesday, Sept. 18. Staff will provide feedback on pre-proposals to give your project the best chance at receiving a grant.
For more information, contact Leslie Yetka at lyetka@minnehahacreek.org or (952) 641-4524.

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