Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects - Summer 2014 Grant Program

For the control of Eurasian watermilfoil and flowering rush

This grant program is now accepting applications.

Application deadline is September 15, 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 September 15, 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 Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) or flowering rush (FR).  This mid - summer 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, particularly newly discovered infestations.  

Description of Grant Offer and Grant Process

Approximately $50,000 is available for this grant program in the summer of 2014. These grant funds can be used for projects that control Eurasian watermilfoil 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.  

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 $2,000, whichever is more. The maximum grant offered will be $10,000.  

The DNR will reimburse actual costs up to $2,000 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 Eurasian watermilfoil and a grant for $2,000.
  • The Association treats three acres of Eurasian watermilfoil for a cost of $1,500. 
  • The Little Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $ 1,500.

Example 2:

  • The Round Lake Association receives a permit to treat 50 acres of Eurasian watermilfoil 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 Eurasian watermilfoil and a grant for $5,000.
  • Because there is less Eurasian watermilfoil than expected, the Association only treats 30 acres of Eurasian watermilfoil, 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 150 acres of Eurasian watermilfoil and a grant for $10,000.
  • The Association treats 150 acres for a total cost of $50,000.
  • The Very Large Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $10,000.

If you are interested in this grant program, please read and submit the "July 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