Sherburne Conservation District (SWCD) can connect you with cost share, grant, and loan programs that protect land and water in Sherburne County. Contact SWCD staff to schedule a free site visit at your property and to learn which of these programs is right for you.
state cost share
The SWCD manages the State Cost Share program, which provides technical, design, construction, and financial assistance to landowners to solve erosion and water quality problems. The program can provide up to 75% of the total project costs.
reinvest in minnesota (rim) reserve program
The Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program strives to protect and improve water quality by encouraging landowners to retire environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production. The program reimburses landowners for enrolling their land in a permanent conservation easement, and then provides assistance to restore the area to grass, trees, or wetlands. Eligible Lands:
survey and engineering assistance
Survey and Engineering Assistance Funds are available for surveying and engineering assistance to design conservation projects. This fund is called the Non-Point Engineering and Assistance Program (NPEAP). NPEAP can be used with other grant and cost-share funds to help pay for much of the overall project costs.
natural resources conservation serice federal programs
The Natural Resources Conservation Service offers additional cost-share programs to protect water quality, improve wildlife habitat, and conserve soil resources. Contact the SWCD staff or the local NRCS office for more information on these programs.
annual grant programs
Annually, funds become available for special projects. These grants come from a variety of sources, including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service and require more complex applications and coordination.
AGBMP LOAN PROGRAM
Provides low interest financing to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses to encourage agricultural best management practices (BMPs) that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots and farm fields and other pollution problems. Provides loans for projects that reduce existing water quality problems caused by agricultural activities or failing septic systems. For more information on AgBMP Loan Progam, click here.
Eligible activities include:
Lawns to Legumes Program
The Lawns to Legumes program offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns . This competitively-funded program is intended to enhance pollinator habitat in key corridors, raise awareness for residential pollinator protection, and showcase best practices. Funding is provided through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and will be targeted in priority areas to benefit the Rusty patched bumblebee and other at-risk species.
For more resources visit the Board of Water and Soil Resources website
For more information on the Rusty Patched Bumblebee
If you are not located within the demonstration neighborhood there is still opportunity to be involved in the Lawns to Legumes program! Visit Individual Support Program.