Aquatic invasive species control projects - 2017 grant program

For the control of curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil and flowering rush

This grant program is now closed for applications. Based on a preliminary review of the grant applications submitted, it appears we have already received more requests for funds than we have funds available in 2017.

In order to provide grants in a timely manner, grant applications will be reviewed and grants written on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are any funds still available after the review of all the grant applications already submitted, this grant program will reopen. If that occurs, the information will be posted on this webpage.

Program purpose

The Department of Natural Resources Invasive Species Program offers Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants. These grants are intended to help fund the control of curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil or flowering rush. This offer is an opportunity for local entities, such as lake associations, watershed districts, cities and counties to receive state funding from the DNR for the control of these invasive aquatic plant species.

Grant offer and grant process

Approximately $200,000 is available for this grant program in 2017. These grant funds can be used for projects that control Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed 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 (IAPM). Grantees must pay project expenses up front and make all arrangements.

A small amount of additional grant funding may become available in July, for projects to be completed in July, August, or September. If those funds do become available, the final deadline for this grant program will be extended and that deadline change will be announced on this website.

In order to receive funding under this grant program, you must be awarded a grant and you must obtain an IAPM permit for the work. You do not have to apply for a permit before applying for this grant.

Funding levels

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. Grants will provide $50 per estimated acre for the first ten project acres. For projects greater than ten acres, the grant will provide $500 for the first ten acres and $100 per acre for the remaining estimated project acres. No grant will be more than $4,999, regardless of the number of estimated acres.

The DNR will reimburse grantees for eligible costs associated with treatment up to the grant amount. Eligible costs include the cost of treatment by a contractor and the cost of herbicide if it is purchased separately. The DNR will only reimburse costs for treatments done under an IAPM permit.

The DNR cannot reimburse costs for work done before the grant agreement is signed by all parties or work that is found by the DNR to be unsatisfactory or performed in violation of federal, state or local law. In addition, a grantee may not receive reimbursement for costs that have already been reimbursed by another external funding source.

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Grant application

Read and submit the "2017 AIS Control Grant Application."

Grant submission

Applicaitons must be received on or before the application deadline. You may hand deliver your application on or before the deadline during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).

Proposals must be submitted on the 2017 application form. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: 651-259-5085
Fax: 651-296-1811

You will be notified when your application is received. If you do not receive a notification by the next business day after you submit it, please contact Wendy Crowell at 651-259-5085.


After your send in your grant application, fill out an IAPM permit application through the online Minnesota DNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS) Invasive Aquatic Plant Management permit application. You will be notified once the system is available. Anticipated availability date is the end of February.


For assistance with grant and permit applications, and technical advice on your proposed control project:
Regional Invasive Species Specialists

For assistance with the grant process:
Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator, 651-259-5085


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