Grant SWCD
712 Industrial Park Blvd
Elbow Lake, MN 56531


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Additional Information

Natural Resources Block Grant (BWSR)

Local Water Management (LWM) Base Grant

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 Local Water Management Program is a voluntary program that requires counties to use local task forces to develop and implement water plans based on their priorities.

Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) Base Grant

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

DNR Shoreland Management Base Grant (Grant County)

The DNR Shoreland grant is used for the administration of state approved Shoreland management programs. It is administered at the state level by the DNR. A local 1:1 match is required. Grant recipients must have a DNR approved Shoreland ordinance.

MPCA SSTS Base Grant (Grant County)

All counties are required to pass ordinances regulation SSTS countywide.

SWCD Program & Operations Grant (BWSR)

Conservation Delivery Base Grant

This grant is used to help fund the day to day operations of the District. In FY2016 the Grant SWCD received $19,026.00.

Easement Delivery Base Grant

This grant is provided to monitor easements and conduct spot-checks. In FY2016 the Grant SWCD received $1,899.00.

State Cost-Share Base Grant

This grant is provided to landowner or occupiers to implement state approved conservation practices. The program, which was originally approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1977, provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice. In FY2015 the Grant SWCD received $11,332.00 of which 20% ($2,266.00) can be used by the District to provide technical & administrative assistance.

Buffer Law Grant

The Buffer Law that was signed into law by Governor Dayton in June 2015 was amended by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton on April 25, 2016. These amendments provide clarifications to several provisions of the law, including the buffer requirement by ensuring it only applies to public waters and public ditches and compliance and enforcement responsibilities and processes. In 2016 the Grant SWCD received a grant for $25,000.00 to administer the Buffer Law.

Local Capacity Grant

This non-competitive Clean Water Fund (CWF) grant invests in building the capacity of local soil and water conservation districts. The grant targets four resource concern areas – Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients – and supports increased capacity by funding expenses in the following categories: Staffing, Cost Share/Incentives, Technology/Capital Equipment, and Operations. Grantees completed an initial request identifying their funding needs and the connection to their state approved, locally adopted plan. In 2016 the Grant SWCD received a Local Capacity grant for $120,337.00.