Water pollution comes from many different sources, including our every day activities. How we care for our yards and grounds, wash and maintain our cars, and even dispose of pet waste can contribute to water pollution in the Mississippi River. The hard surfaces of our driveways, sidewalks, and pathways increase the amount of stormwater entering the stormdrains. There are many choices we can make to reduce these harmful impacts on water quality.
Become a partner organization with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) by applying for a Stewardship Fund grant to work together to improve water quality in the MWMO. The MWMO includes parts of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, the City of Saint Anthony Village, Lauderdale, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and all of Hilltop.
Stewardship Fund Program Goals
The intent of the Stewardship Program is to extend the MWMO's ability to protect and improve water quality and natural resources through partnerships with organizations that create and increase local capacity to manage water and natural resources, demonstrate practices and methods to improve water and natural resources, and build community understanding, knowledge and participation in the stewardship of water and natural resources.
Projects funded through the Stewardship Fund Grants should be aligned with the following purposes:
1. Develop partnerships with community organizations
2. Protect or improve the quality of water, habitat, and natural resources
3. Build community understanding, knowledge, and initiative related to water, habitat, and natural resource issues and solutions. Funding is available annually through three types of grants:
- Mini Grants up to $3,000
- Planning Grants up to $10,000
- Action Grants up to $50,000
Grant application deadlines are in early winter.