Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant

Grant Applications Due Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant (NWREG) awards grants of up to $1,000 for projects on private property that enhance water quality. Grant recipients receive a reimbursement after completing their project.

Qualifying projects include but are not limited to shoreline restorations, raingardens, and native gardens/plantings. Qualified applicants are Burnsville residents, neighborhood groups, and businesses/other properties within Burnsville. The grant may not be used retroactively (i.e. for projects already underway or completed). 

Before applying, it is very important to review the grant policies & information and contact staff with questions about eligibility.

Grant Review Process

City staff typically make award decisions by early-May. All applicants will be notified by email whether or not their projects were awarded a grant.

If you are awarded a grant, please make sure the grant agreement has been signed by the City before spending money on your project. Only purchases made after the grant agreement is signed are eligible for reimbursement. 

Numerous grant applications are submitted every year, so not every applicant will receive an award. When reviewing applications, a key consideration is which projects would have the most direct benefit to enhancing water quality. Well-planned, detailed projects with a high level of positive impact to water quality will be prioritized for receiving grants. 

Considerations when reviewing applications: 

  • Complete, clear and detailed 
  • Drawing or sketch of proposed project
  • Indication that applicant has sufficient knowledge to successfully implement the proposed project. This may include:
    • Workshop participation (such as the Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Landscaping for Clean Water workshop series)
    • Consultation with a professional that has experience related to proposed project
    • Other prior experience
  • Estimated impact of proposed project to water quality improvement. Typically, but not always, projects such as a raingarden or shoreline restoration have a greater impact to water quality than a native plant garden.

Additional information to include in your application:

  • Rain garden 
    • Planting plan details (plant species, planting locations)
    • Depth and width of rain garden
  • Shoreline restoration or buffer
    • Existing condition of shoreline 
    • Area (sq. ft.) of shoreline or buffer that would be restored
    • Native plant list and planting layout
  • Native plant garden or native planting (e.g. prairie)
    • Planting plan details (plant species, planting locations, size of project)
    • Long-term maintenance/upkeep plan (How are you going to maintain the planting?)

Apply For the Grant

  • Download a fillable PDF version of the GRANT APPLICATION (fillable form)
  • Save to your computer with a meaningful name (e.g. [First Name] [Last Name] Grant Application)
  • Fill out application completely (all fields required)
  • Save again
  • Attach additional pages if more space is needed
  • You can also print the form and fill it out by hand

Please email, mail, or fax application to: 

Caleb Ashling
City of Burnsville
13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337

Fax: 952-895-4543

You may also drop off your application to the address listed above in the "Drop Box" outside the front door. Please notify Caleb that you have left it there. 


For questions regarding the grant, please contact Caleb Ashling, at 952-895-4543 or email

Raingardens benefit water quality - and add color!
Shoreline restoration in progress
Frontyard raingarden