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 theMississippi 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 ofMinneapolis, Saint Paul, the City of Saint Anthony Village, and Lauderdale.
Projects funded through the Stewardship Fund Program should achieve the following:
1) Improve water quality or improve water and natural resource management
2) Build community understanding, knowledge, and initiative related to water and natural resource issues and solutions
$250,000 is available through three types of grants
Mini Grants up to $2,000 – February 1, June 1, and October 1 cycles each year
Planning Grants up to $10,000 – February 1 annual cycle
Action Grants up to $50,000 – October 1 annual cycle
Nonprofit organizations, officially recognized neighborhood groups, schools, local units of government, and business and professional associations are eligible to apply. Individuals, home owners associations and condominium associations, and private businesses may partner with eligible applicants in order to apply.
Letters of Interest for Mini Grants due Friday, June 1, 2012 by 3:00 pm
For information about the application process, visit www.mwmo.org/stewardshipfund.