Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects - 2014 Grant Program

For the control of curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, and flowering rush

This grant program is now accepting applications.

Final application deadline for curly-leaf pondweed control depends on where the waterbody is located in the state (see county list below):

  • The final deadline for curly-leaf work in the southern part of the state is April 15th
  • The final deadline for curly-leaf work in the central part of the state is April 22nd
  • The final deadline for curly-leaf work in the northern part of the state is May 6th.

If there is a significantly late ice-out in 2014 these deadlines may be extended. If the deadlines are extended, it will be announced on this website.

  • Final application deadline for all other control grants is June 10, 2014.

Please Note: In order to provide grants in a timely manner, grant applications will be reviewed and grants written on a first-come first- served basis.  Because of this, the grant program may run out of funds and close before the final application deadline of June 10, 2014.

Program Purpose

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program offers Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants. These grants are intended to help fund the control of curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) or flowering rush (FR). This offer is an opportunity for local entities, such as lake associations, watershed districts, cities, and counties to receive state funding and/or partner with the DNR on the control of these invasive aquatic plant species.

Description of Grant Offer and Grant Process

Approximately $800,000 is available for this grant program in 2014. These grant funds can be used for projects that control Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed or flowering rush using herbicides, mechanical control, or a combination of both.  They are intended to support projects that have received an Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit (IAPMP). Grantees must pay project expenses up front and make all arrangements.  

A small amount of additional grant funding may become available in July, for projects to be completed in July or August.  If those funds do become available, the final deadline for this grant program will be extended and that deadline change will be announced on this website.

In order to apply for these grant funds you must include a completed Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit application or a copy of the permit if a permit has already been issued. 

Description of funding levels for projects with Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permits.

The grant offer will be based on the estimated permit acreage, which will be determined by DNR Invasive Species staff after a review of grant application materials. The grant amount will be $100 per acre or $1,000, whichever is more. The maximum grant offered will be $30,000.

The DNR will reimburse actual costs up to $1,000 or $100 per treated acre, whichever is more; up to the grant amount.  

The DNR cannot reimburse costs for work done before the grant agreement is signed by all parties.

Example 1:

  • The Little Lake Association receives a permit to treat five acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $1,000.
  • The Association treats five acres of curly-leaf pondweed for a cost of $1,500. 
  • The Little Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $1,000.

Example 2:

  • The Round Lake Association receives a permit to treat 50 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $5,000.
  • The Association treats 50 acres for a total cost of $15,000.
  • The Round Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $5,000

Example 3:

  • The Long Lake Association receives a permit to treat 50 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $5,000.
  • Because there is less curly-leaf than expected, the Association only treats 30 acres of curly-leaf pondweed, for a cost of $9,000.
  • The Long Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $3,000, because they only treated 30 acres.  Reimbursement is based on the number of acres treated.

Example 4:

  • The Very Large Lake Association receives a permit to treat 500 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $30,000.
  • The Association treats 500 acres for a total cost of $125,000.
  • The Very Large Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $30,000.

If you are interested in this grant program, please read and submit the "2014 Grant Application for Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects" and a copy of your 2014 Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit Application (or permit, if you already have one).

Proposals must be submitted on the application form, and must include either a copy of a signed Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit or a copy of the permit application. Electronic proposals are encouraged. 

Completed applications should be returned to:

Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator
DNR – Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
Wendy.crowell@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-259-5085
Fax: 651-296-1811

Applications must be received on or before the application deadline.  You may also hand deliver your application on or before the deadline during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).

You will be notified when your application is received.  If you do not receive a notification, please contact Wendy Crowell (651-259-5085) 


Your Regional Invasive Species Specialists can assist you with the grant and permit applications.

Further information

Questions regarding Aquatic Invasive Plant Control:

Chip Welling,
Coordinator, Aquatic Invasive Control
651-259-5149
chip.welling@state.mn.us

Questions regarding the grant process in general:

Wendy Crowell
Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator
651-259-5085
Wendy.Crowell@state.mn.us

 

Counties by location in the state:

 

Northern counties

Central counties

Southern counties

Curly-leaf application date:

May 6

Curly-leaf application date:

April 22

Curly-leaf application date:

April 15

Aitkin

Anoka

Blue Earth

Becker

Big Stone

Brown

Beltrami

Carver

Cottonwood

Benton

Chippewa

Dodge

Carlton

Chisago

Faribault

Cass

Dakota

Fillmore

Clay

Hennepin

Freeborn

Clearwater

Isanti

Goodhue

Cook

Kandiyohi

Houston

Crow Wing

Lac Qui Parle

Jackson

Douglas

McLeod

Le Sueur

Grant

Meeker

Lincoln

Hubbard

Ramsey

Lyon

Itasca

Renville

Martin

Kanabec

Scott

Mower

Kittson

Sherburne

Murray

Koochiching

Sibley

Nicollet

Lake

Swift

Nobles

Lake of the Woods

Washington

Olmsted

Mahnomen

Wright

Pipestone

Marshall

Yellow Medicine

Redwood

Mille Lacs

 

Rice

Morrison

 

Rock

Norman

 

Steele

Otter Tail

 

Wabasha

Pennington

 

Waseca

Pine

 

Watonwan

Polk

 

Winona

Pope

 

 

Red Lake

 

 

Roseau

 

 

St. Louis

 

 

Stearns

 

 

Stevens

 

 

Todd

 

 

Traverse

 

 

Wadena

 

 

Wilkin