BWSR offers a variety of competitive and noncompetitive grant programs to its local government partners. These funds may be appropriated through the Clean Water Fund, Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, the general fund, or direct appropriations.

When funding opportunities are available through BWSR, opportunities to submit competitive or noncompetitive funding requests will be listed on this page.

FY22 Clean Water Fund Competitive Programs RFP

The FY22 Clean Water Fund (CWF) Competitive Programs Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open, and includes funding for Projects and Practices, the Projects and Practices Drinking Water sub-program, and Multipurpose Drainage Management. Applications must be submitted through eLINK, BWSR’s grants management system. Please read the RFP and policy documents thoroughly to ensure eligibility, and that all application requirements are met.  Applicants may contact their Board Conservationist for additional questions or assistance in submitting an application.

How to Apply: Proposals must be submitted via eLINK.  

Application deadline: Applications must be submitted in eLINK no later than 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Late applications, or applications not submitted via eLINK, will not be considered.

    Wellhead Protection Partner Grants Program (Pilot)

    The MN BWSR will be conducting a second round of grant funding for the Wellhead Protection Partner Grants Program (Pilot). This second round will hope to build upon projects currently underway to assist local government units in addressing their sensitive wellhead areas through land protection options such as fee title acquisition or long-term easements.   Only High or Very High vulnerable Wellhead Protection Areas as mapped in an approved Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Wellhead Protection Plan are eligible to apply.  This grant program is offered in conjunction with ongoing BWSR protection programs such as CREP and RIM where sensitive wellheads remain a high priority for enrollment. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Sharon Doucette at 651-539-2567 or for additional information on this program and for assistance in submitting an application.

    How to Apply: Proposals must be submitted electronically to Sharon Doucette at

    Application deadline: Applications due the last day of each month as funding is available.


    Gwen Steel
    Grants and Reporting Specialist