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      Financial Assistance

We serve as a central distribution point for cost share, grant and loan programs that help landowners with conservation and water quality projects in Scott County. To learn more, contact the Scott SWCD to discuss available options or arrange a site visit with one of our natural resource management professionals.

Financial Assistance Programs Quick List:

  State Cost-Share  
  Scott SWCD manages the State Cost-Share program, which provides technical, design, construction and financial assistance to landowners who want to solve erosion and water quality problems. The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) program can often provide up to 75% of the total project costs for many conservation projects.  
  Watershed Grants  
  The watershed management organizations within Scott County run grant programs. The Scott Watershed Management Organization (WMO) provides large and small grants to landowners who wish to improve surface water quality or correct erosion problems in Scott County. Some of the more innovative practices include raingardens, infiltration systems and other approaches to treating stormwater runoff, all eligible for funding.

Along with Scott WMO, other watershed-based grant partners -- Prior Lake/Spring Lake Watershed District, Lower MN River Watershed and Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization -- also fund shoreline restoration, habitat improvement, stormwater management and many other projects.Contact the Scott SWCD or visit any of the local watershed management organizations below to learn about available funding opportunities.

    Prior Lake/Spring Lake Watershed District
    Vermillion River Watershed District
    Lower Minnesota River Watershed District
  Survey and Engineering Assistance  
  Funds are also available for surveying and engineering assistance, assisting landowners with the design of conservation projects. This fund is called the Non-Point Engineering and Assistance Program (NPEAP). NPEAP can be used with other grant and cost-share funds to help pay for much of the overall project costs.  
  Grant Opportunities  
  Annually, funds become available for special projects. These grants come from a variety of sources, including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These grants often require more complex applications and coordination.
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) - Environmental and Conservation Partnerships, Shoreland Habitat Restoration, Cooperative Opportunities for Resource Enhancement, Roadsides for Wildlife, and Metro Greenways Grants
  • Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) - Local Water Management Challenge Grants
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) - 319 and Clean Water Partnership Grants
  • National Park Service (NPS) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  Natural Resources Conservation Service - Federal Programs  
  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers additional cost-share programs to protect water quality, improve wildlife habitat and conserve soil resources. Contact the SWCD staff or the local NRCS office in Jordan for more information on these programs.
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - Provides annual payments for converting highly erodible cropland and marginal pasture into conservation habitat areas (15-year easements)
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) - Cost-share for all private lands for habitat restoration
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Cost share for agricultural lands for conservation improvements
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) - CREP combines the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with the State's Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve Program (RIM) to set aside environmentally sensitive land. Farmers receive an up-front "bonus" payment from RIM, plus 15 years of guaranteed annual payments from the federal CRP program. Call the NRCS office for more information -- (952) 492-5425.
  Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program  
  The Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program strives to protect and improve water quality by encouraging landowners to retire environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production. The program reimburses landowners for enrolling their land in a permanent conservation easement, and then provides assistance to restore the area to grass, trees, or wetlands.
Eligible lands include:
  • Sensitive Groundwater
  • Riparian Lands
  • Wetland Restoration Areas
  • Marginal Agricultural Cropland
  • Other Environmentally Sensitive Lands
  AgBMP Loan Program  
  This program provides low-interest financingto farmers, rural landowners and agriculture supply businesses to encourage agricultural best management practices (BMPs) that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots and farm fields and other pollution problems. It also provides loans for failing septic systems. Eligible activities include: