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. Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) grant funds are used for local administration of the Wetland Conservation Act.

The formula used to calculate the grant amount is derived from a base amount of county WCA activity. A local 1:1 match is required for grants FY19 and earlier; no match is required for grants FY20 and beyond. The grantee has 120 days from receipt of payment from BWSR to transfer the designated amount to the SWCD.

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.

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 WCA NRBG 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 Actual Results field, e.g. “Funds used to administer WCA."  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 Policy

NRBG Flex Spending

Administered By


Funding Request Completed in eLINK

No (N/A)

Proposed Indicators in Funding Request


Exempt from eLINK Reporting


Additional Report Attachment


Non-eLINK Reporting Required

Yes: Annual report submitted to BWSR

Work Plan Required


Match Requirement

Grants issued FY19 and prior: 100%

Grants issued FY20 and beyond: No match required.

Activity Details (Practices & Indicators)

Yes (if funds used for on-the-ground practices)


Yes (if funds used for on-the-ground practices)

Rates & Hours


Payment Schedule

100% Advance Payment


Gwen Steel
Grants and Reporting Specialist