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BWSR grants provide funding to local units of government to deliver soil and water conservation services to their communities. Grant funds support and increase local capacity to implement programs and, provide cost-share with landowners who install conservation practices on their land to benefit state water and soil resources.

Biennial Budget Request

The Biennial Budget Request is a process to coordinate all grants that BWSR manages that protect, restore and enhance Minnesota's water and related land resources. This Initiative will result in increased efficiency in BWSR grant programs, provide information to support State budget processes, and encourage improved local government water quality project planning.

More information available on the Biennial Budget Request page.

Grant Administration Manual

BWSR Grant Administration Manual: Comprehensive instruction manual with administrative requirements for BWSR grant recipients.

Apply for Grants

Recent Requests for Proposals and other guidance for grant applicants is on the Apply for BWSR Grants page.

Constitutional Amendment Funding

Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 to increase the state sales tax and dedicate the funding for natural resources and cultural heritage. Reports on these expenditures will be published by the Legislative Coordinating Commission.

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Resources for Grantees

Other funding sources:

Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide: Information on Conservation Practices and Payment Rates, Produced by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Grant Newsletters

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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