Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects - 2015 Grant Program

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

This grant program is no longer accepting applications.

Approximately $675,000 was available for this grant program in 2015. Grant applications have been reviewed and approved on a first come-first served basis, and the available funding for this grant program has now run out. If more funding becomes available in the future this grant program will reopen again and new application deadlines will be posted.

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

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, 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 apply for these grant funds you must include with your grant application a completed 2015 Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit application or a copy of the 2015 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 estimated acre, with two exceptions.  All grants will be at least $1,000 and no grant will be more than $30,000; regardless of the number of 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.

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.

Examples of Reimbursement Calculations

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 45 acres for a total cost of $15,000.
  • The Round Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $5,000

Example 3:

  • 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.

Example 4:

  • The Long Lake Association receives a permit to treat 10 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $1,000.
  • The Association treats 2 acres of curly-leaf pondweed for a total cost of $600.
  • The Association receives a grant and reimbursement of $500 towards their costs from the County.
  • The Association receives a reimbursement of $100 from the DNR to cover the remaining cost of the treatment.

If you are interested in this grant program, please read and submit the "2015 Grant Application for Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects" and a copy of your 2015 Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit Application (or 2015 permit, if you already have one).

Proposals must be submitted on the application form, and must include either a copy of a signed 2015 Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit or a copy of the 2015 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) 

 

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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