Grant Description

The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help them implement programs designed to protect and improve water resources. The DNR Shoreland grant is used for the administration of state approved Shoreland management programs. It is administered at the state level by the Community Stewardship unit of the Department of Natural Resources to promote wise development of shorelands in order to preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, preserve the economic values of shorelands, and ensure the wise use of water and related resources. Grant recipients must have a DNR approved shoreland ordinance.

Policy allows recipients of the Natural Resources Block Grant to “flex” spending of the grant allocation and match across the Local Water Management, Wetland Conservation Act, and Shoreland grants.

Grant questions should be directed to your Board Conservationist.

Reporting Overview

Grant recipients are required to report on grant outcomes, activities, and accomplishments in eLINK according to the requirements outlined in the grant agreement and policies within BWSR’s Grants Administration Manual.  The NRBG Shoreland grant does not require a workplan. Expenses should be reported in eLINK, and a description of how the funds were used should be entered in the Add Activity Result screen Results field.  The full amount of this grant is typically paid to the grantee upon execution of the NRBG grant agreement or, in the case of the second year of a biennial grant agreement, will be paid after July 1 of the second fiscal year.

eLINK Reporting Requirements



Program PolicyNRBG Flex Policy 
Administered ByBWSR
Funding Request Completed in eLINKNo (N/A)    
Proposed Indicators in Funding RequestNo
Exempt from eLINK ReportingNo
Additional Report AttachmentYes
Non-eLINK Reporting RequiredYes
Work Plan RequiredNo
Match RequirementNo match required
Activity Details (Practices & Indicators)No
MappingYes (if funds used for on-the-ground practices)
Rates & HoursYes (if funds used for on-the-ground practices)
Payment Schedule

FY24 100% Advance Payment

FY25 100% Advance Payment