BWSR offers a suite of program & operations grants to each Soil and Water Conservation District with funds for the general administration and operation of the district or to provide cost-share funds for landowner conservation projects. The grants are intended to provide districts a certain degree of funding stability. The following is a partial list of how Soil and Water Conservation Districts use BWSR grants: 

  • Pay for the costs of employing staff
  • Rental of office space
  • Automobile operating expenses
  • Postage and utilities
  • Supervisors' compensation and expenses


To be eligible, SWCDs must provide an approved: 

  • Annual Plan
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Annual Report (includes financial statement)

Current SWCD Grant Programs

SWCDs may be eligible for additional grants through the Clean Water Fund, DRAP, or other programs.



Nicole Clapp
Grants Coordinator