Grants

Base Funding Grant
Crow Wing County receives Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) from the State of Minnesota on an annual basis to help offset the costs to administer the Wetland Conservation Act, DNR Shoreland rules, MPCA septic rules, and local water management planning. The current and past NRBG allotments are listed below.

2015
  • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $38,088 ($5,713 to Crow Wing SWCD)
  • Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $8,094
  • DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation = $19,128
  • Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $28,600
  • 2015 WCA Areas
2014
  • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $38,088 ($5,713 to Crow Wing SWCD)
  • Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $8,094
  • DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation = $19,128
  • Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $20,000
  • Septic Treatment Systems Upgrade = $37,900
  • 2014 DNR Shoreland Permit Report
  • 2014 WCA Summary Report
2013
  • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $38,088 ($5,713 to Crow Wing SWCD) Summary Report
  • Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $8,094
  • DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation = $19,128 Summary Report
  • MPCA Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $18,941 Summary Report
  • 2013 Summary Report
  • 2013 SSTS Upgrades
2012
  • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $38,088 ($5,713 to Crow Wing SWCD) 2012 Summary Report
  • Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $8,094
  • DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation = $19,128 2012 Summary Report
  • MPCA Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $18,941
2011
  • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $37,447 ($5,617 to Crow Wing SWCD)
  • Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $7,958
  • DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation - $18,806
  • MPCA Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $9,931
Additional Information on Grant-Related Activities 
Grants Available to Landowners
Well Sealing
Crow Wing County Land Services recently received a BWSR Clean Water Fund grant for $20,000 to start a 50/50 cost-share program for sealing abandoned / unused wells, up to a maximum of $1000 per well. Priority will be given for larger diameter wells, wells near a public water supply well, or wells that are more likely to contribute to groundwater contamination. An application can be downloaded at this link, Crow Wing County Well Sealing Application and should be returned to Crow Wing County Environmental Services by June 1 to get in on the initial round of funding. For more information, please contact our office at 218-824-1125.

2012-2014 Well Sealing Summary

Septic System Improvement
Crow Wing County and Region Five Development Commission have received a grant from the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources to assist with replacement or repair of septic systems for low and very low income landowners in order to improve and protect water quality in Crow Wing County. Region Five will provide a loan at 3% for 60 months for the balance of the bid with priority given to low and very low income landowners.

There is a $50 application fee and applications are available online. For more information or to have an application mailed to you, please contact Anne at Region Five at 218-894-6011 or Crow Wing County Environmental Services at 218-824-1125 or by email.

Forestry Grants
An opportunity is available for landowners in Crow Wing County with forested parcels greater than 20 acres in size to receive cost-share funds to write forest stewardship plans and implement forestry practices in order to protect lakes with populations of Tulibee, which is a type of whitefish also known as Cisco. Good forest management can protect these lakes and the quality of these important fisheries for generations to come.

Target lakesheds include: Bertha, Big Trout, Borden, Cedar, Clear, Crooked, Island/Loon, Kenney, Kimball, Long/Tame Fish, Lower Hay, Ossawinnamakee, Pelican, Pig, Portage, Round, Roosevelt, Star and Whitefish. Cost-share funding is available to cover up to 50% of the cost of forest management practices for each landowner who has a current forest stewardship plan for his or her property. Examples of eligible practices include tree planting, selected harvest, and wildlife openings. For landowners without forest stewardship plans, funds are available to receive a plan at a flat rate of $200. Interested landowners should contact Darren Mayers, District Technician with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conversation District, at 218-828-6197.

Conservation Easement Grant: Wild Rice Lakes
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District has funds available for private landowners who own land adjacent to Shallow Wild Rice Lakes. Funding is available to enroll private land into voluntary land preservation agreements called conservation easements. Conservation easements protect land from future development while keeping land in private ownership and on the local tax rolls. Landowners can be paid up to 60% of the estimated market value of the tract for enrolling into the program. The SWCD will be taking applications until October 22, 2013.

Wild Rice provides great habitat for ducks and birds and also is the Minnesota State Grain. The following Crow Wing County lakes are elligible: Arrowhead, Dahler, Dog, Garden, Goggle, Hole-in-the-Day, Little Pine, Lizzie, Lower Dean, Lows, Mud (18-137), Mud (18-326), Nelson, Rice (Blomberg's), Rice (Clark Lake), Rice (Deerwood), Rice (Hesitation WMA), Rice (Pratt's), Rice Bed, Terry, Twin Island, Unnamed (Lost Rice), and Unnamed (Nokasippi R.). To apply contact Crow Wing SWCD via email: or by phone at 218-828-6197.

Shoreline Restoration / Stabilization & Stormwater Management
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, have grants available to help offset the cost of shoreline projects, which can include stormwater management. For more information, please contact Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197.

Cedar Lake
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department and the Aitkin Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) were awarded a grant to provide technical services to implement stormwater and agricultural BMPs, establish shoreline vegetative buffers, and conduct forest management in the shoreland areas of Cedar Lake, which is located between Deerwood and Aitkin. The funding source for this grant is the Clean Water Fund, which is administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) with funding from the Clean Water Amendment that was passed by voters in 2008. Interested landowners should contact our office at 218-824-1125.

Mille Lacs Lake
Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Mille Lacs Soil & Water Conservation District have been awarded a grant for shoreline buffers / stabilization projects, rain gardens, conservation easements and agricultural best management practices within the watershed of Mille Lacs Lake. Eligible projects typically require a 50% funding match from landowners. Lakes in Crow Wing County that are within the Mille Lacs Lake watershed include Borden, Partridge, Turtle, Round (north of Garrison), Smith, Holt, Camp, and Little Whitefish. Contact Melissa Barrick with Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197.

Conservation Easements
The Minnesota State legislature recently approved a grant for Protecting Sensitive Shoreland in North Central Minnesota Using Conservation Easements. Crow Wing, Cass, and Aitkin Counties in partnership with the Minnesota Land Trust and Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation will receive approximately $1 million in funding to pay for the closing costs associated with establishing conservation easements on large parcels of sensitive shorelines. For more information on program eligibility, contact Paula West at 218-675-5773 or by email.