Minnesota State Cost-Share Program

The purpose of this program is to provide grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) so they can help local landowners or land occupiers offset the costs of installing conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation.

Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners or occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from their local SWCD to implement state-approved conservation practices. The program, which was originally approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1977, provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice.

Grant funds are available annually to SWCDs at the beginning of the state�s fiscal year. In order for SWCDs to receive these grants, they must have on file at BWSR an approved annual plan of work, an annual report, and a comprehensive plan or a resolution to adopt the county�s comprehensive local water management plan.

The projects are selected by local SWCDs that identify high priority erosion and water quality problems.

Eligible projects
BWSR has approved 12 conservation practices that are eligible for this program. Those practices include:

  • Critical Area Stabilization
  • Diversions
  • Field Windbreaks
  • Shelterbelts
  • Grassed Waterway
  • Wastewater and Feedlot Runoff
  • Filter Strips
  • Sediment Basins
  • Streambank, Shoreland, and
    Roadside Protection
  • Stripcropping
  • Terraces
  • Unused Well Sealing

Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District for more information and to apply.

Contact Minnesota State Cost-Share Program

Michelle Lewis
Grants Specialist
520 Lafayette Road N.
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55155
Phone: (651) 296-2428
Fax: (651) 297-5615


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Minnesota

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