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 either of the application deadlines listed below.
The final application deadline for curly-leaf pondweed control grants is April 10, 2017, and the final deadline for all other control grants is June 11, 2017.
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 from the DNR for the control of these invasive aquatic plant species.
Approximately $200,000 is available for this grant program in 2017. 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 (IAPM). 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, August, or September. 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 receive funding under this grant program, you must be awarded a grant and you must obtain an IAPM permit for the work. You do not have to apply for a permit before applying for this grant.
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. Grants will provide $50 per estimated acre for the first ten project acres. For projects greater than ten acres, the grant will provide $500 for the first ten acres and $100 per acre for the remaining estimated project acres. No grant will be more than $4,999, regardless of the number of estimated acres.
The DNR will reimburse grantees for eligible costs associated with treatment up to the grant amount. Eligible costs include the cost of treatment by a contractor and the cost of herbicide if it is purchased separately. The DNR will only reimburse costs for treatments done under an IAPM permit.
Please note the DNR cannot reimburse costs for work done before the grant agreement is signed by all parties or work that is found by the DNR to be unsatisfactory or performed in violation of federal, state or local law. In addition, a grantee may not receive reimbursement for costs that have already been reimbursed by another external funding source.
If you are interested in this grant program, please read and submit the "2017 AIS Control Grant Application." Please submit your grant application as soon as possible.
Proposals must be submitted on the 2017 application form.
Electronic submissions are encouraged.
Completed applications should be returned to:
Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
Applications must be received on or before the application deadline. You may 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 by the next business day after you submit it, please contact Wendy Crowell (651-259-5085).
After your send in your grant application, fill out an IAPM permit application through the online Minnesota DNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS) Invasive Aquatic Plant Management permit application. You will be notified once the system is available. Anticipated availability date is the end of February.
For assistance and further information, please contact:
Your regional Invasive Species Specialist for assistance with your grant and permit applications, and technical advice on your proposed control project.
Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator, who can answer questions about the grant process. 651-259-5085, email@example.com