Water Quality Mini-Grant

The Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water)

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2018 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Wisconsin: Dodge County, Fond du Lac County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Sheboygan County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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The Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water) is pleased to announce its 2018 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program. Grant awards range from $1,000 - $5,000, with total distribution subject to the availability of funds. Funding will be awarded to non-profit organizations, community, and civic groups for projects or activities that advance the mission of Sweet Water, which is to protect and restore the Greater Milwaukee watersheds.

The aim of the Water Quality Mini-Grant Program is to support local, grassroots efforts that employ practices and have activities that will improve regional water quality, enhance conservation, restore natural habitat, or educate people about water-quality issues and associated stewardship actions. 

Sweet Water Mission Statement

Sweet Water is committed to restoring the Greater Milwaukee watersheds to conditions that are healthy for swimming and fishing. We bring diverse partners together and provide the leadership and innovation necessary to protect and restore our shared water resources.

Sweet Water Vision

Dramatic and visible improvements in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds inspire widespread protection and celebration, connecting the region’s prosperity to the health of our shared water resources.


A green infrastructure mini-grant proposal for Sweet Water can be implemented at an individual, private or public site and as a neighborhood project, or as a community-wide initiative.   

The Sweet Water Mini-Grant judges prefer to fund projects on a one-time basis - especially projects needing a “kick-start”, in other words, projects that might not get underway without it.

Project Examples/Suggestions

Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to, the following (successful applicants will likely combine several of these elements in a single project):

  • Rain barrel, cistern, rain garden, and native landscaping harvesting installations
  • Riparian buffer or shoreline restoration efforts
  • Planting of trees and other vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff
  • Replacement of asphalt, concrete and conventional lawns with trees, plantings and gardens
  • Use of porous concrete, porous blacktop and permeable pavers  
  • Educating the public about storm water pollution prevention actions 
  • Engaging in activities that protect the rivers and lakes from pollution and habitat destruction
  • Green roofs, vegetated bio-swales, and buffer strips
  • Wetland restoration and pocket wetlands

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Projects must be located in one of the five Greater Milwaukee watersheds: the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, and Root Rivers and Oak Creek.


  • Given the limited dollars available, private businesses and units of government are not eligible for mini-grant funding;
    • however, non-profit organizations including Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, schools, churches, and Boys & Girls Clubs, are encouraged to partner with local governments and businesses on efforts that meet Sweet Water’s mission and vision.  
  • Requests intended for general budget operations will not be considered.

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