FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Juhl; 612-358-5733
St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has selected more than 1,000 Minnesota residents to receive Individual Support grants through the Lawns to Legumes program.
“Minnesotans are eager to help our at-risk pollinator species,” said BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke. “Lawns to Legumes provides the financial and technical support they need to play a hands-on role in benefiting pollinators.”
Funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Lawns to Legumes offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential yards. BWSR partners with Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb — Planting for Clean Water to administer the program.
Individual Support grants reimburse Minnesota residents for up to $350 in costs associated with planting pollinator habitat in their yards. Recipients have access to workshops, coaching opportunities and gardening resources to help ensure project success. Recipients are required to contribute a 25% match in the form of purchasing materials, hiring contractors or as in-kind time spent planting and maintaining their projects.