Grants for Raingardens and Permeable Pavers

In addition to the benefits of raingardens — covered extensively in this Q&A with Metro Bloom’s Rich Harrison — permeable pavers can be used on driveways and patios to reduce pollution runoff to our water streams.

Storm sewers that feed into our rivers and lakes naturally fill with polluted water that comes off roofs during rainstorms (our carbon emissions in the atmosphere comes down in rain) and washes through chemicals in our yards. Pavers also reduce the heat of paved surfaces, renourishes our groundwater, and reduces flooding and ice buildup.

Permeable pavers are interlocking products that allow rainwater and snowmelt to infiltrate onsite, into the soil.

If you are interested in making improvements to the watershed by installing permeable pavers or creating a raingarden in your yard, here are some resources that might help you defray the costs:

Hennepin County Natural Resources Grants

Phone: 612-348-3777

Available to landowners — which include individuals, government organizations, nonprofit organization and businesses — for projects that preserve and restore the county’s natural resources. These grants support projects that preserve and restore natural areas and reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment flowing into lakes, streams and rivers while engaging residents in natural resource management issues.

Two types of grants are available:

  • Good steward grants are primarily for smaller projects that improve water quality, enhance natural areas and promote environmental stewardship to the community. A typical grant amount is $5,000 to $15,000, with a maximum amount of $25,000. Applications are accepted once per year in the fall. Grant funding can cover up to 75 percent of the total eligible project cost.
  • Opportunity grants are ideal for larger projects seeking to leverage multiple funding sources. These grants are intended to help partners take advantage of opportunities to implement large projects that improve water quality or preserve, establish or restore natural areas. A typical grant amount is $25,000 to $50,000, with a maximum amount of $100,000. Applications are accepted at any time. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Jim Kujawa at or 612-348-7338 for more information.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District


Offers many grants, including a Stormwater BMP Cost Share program for private property owners (residential, non-profit organizations, private schools and businesses, homeowner and lake associations), to be used for raingardens, green roofs and permeable pavement systems.

Grants cover up to 50% of eligible project costs — with a $2,500 maximum for residential projects — covering design, materials and labor.

All private property owners residing within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (District 3) are eligible to apply for cost share assistance.

Mississippi Watershed Management or call (612) 465-8780

The MWMO’s Stewardship Fund Grants help people who live, learn and/or work inside the MWMO’s boundaries to build understanding about water related issues, develop collaborative partnerships and protect or improve the quality of water.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits, recognized neighborhood groups, business and professional associations, schools and local units of government. Individuals, condominium associations and private businesses can partner with eligible applicants to apply.

The MWMO boundaries include a large portion of Minneapolis and parts of several adjacent communities. You can use the MWMO’s interactive map to check whether you’re in the watershed.

The MWMO funds three types of grants:

  • Mini Grants fund up to $3,000 for short-term or smaller educational, artistic or physical projects that seek to protect water quality in some way.
  • Planning Grants fund up to $10,000 for design work to develop water quality projects which are larger in scope and cost.
  • Action Grants fund up to $50,000 to complete a water-quality project that is ready for building or implementing.

More information about MWMO Stewardship Fund Grants is available on their website.


Credits for Stormwater Management

A reader asked if there were credits given by the city for owner-occupied homeowners. A water steward in Linden Hills offered this insight:

  • I have found the Metro Blooms Director, Becky Rice, to be very responsive to inquiries:
I also found the attached file at this link about a Minneapolis program:
A couple of other links:

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