Watershed Mini Grant Program 2017

Deadline to apply is July 31, 2017

Grants of up to $5,000 are now available to groups that work to protect watersheds in Ohio.

The nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in partnership with Dominion, will again offer the Watershed Mini Grant program program to serve working watershed groups throughout the state.

Funding will be made available to eligible watershed groups in the following categories:

  • Marketing, Promotions and Outreach Projects: Grants will made for marketing and educational outreach projects (maximum request $1,500)
  • Healthy Watershed Projects: Grants will made for restoration or water quality enhancement projects (maximum request $2,500)
  • Spotlight Project: A special grant award, up to $5,000, will be made in support of larger water quality or restoration projects. To be considered, project must include at least 10 percent matching funds.

In order to be eligible for any of the available grants an organization must be a watershed group based in one of Ohio’s 88 counties. The applicant must be a qualified nonprofit, tax exempt organization with a Federal Tax ID Number or be working with a qualified fiscal sponsor – a nonprofit or a county soil and water conservation district.

New applicants must contact Western Reserve Land Conservancy to discuss their project to ensure eligibility. Returning applicants and past grant recipients are free to submit applications providing all previous grant projects are on track or reporting requirements fulfilled.

“Ohio’s watershed groups are critical to protecting the health of Ohio’s freshwater resources,” said Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Land Conservancy. “We are extremely grateful to partner with Dominion again this year to support the important and innovative work of watershed groups across the state, from more traditional planting projects along streambanks to unique education programs in schools and communities.”

Since the program’s inception in 2015 more than $70,000 has been awarded to 23 watershed groups across the state. The Ohio program is patterned after a similar Dominion-backed grant initiative in Pennsylvania. Dominion partners with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy on that program to enhance watersheds in Pennsylvania.

Healthy watersheds benefit people, animals and plants. Water quality can be affected by many things – human and non-human – but habitat degradation and nonpoint source pollution are two of the biggest continuing problems. The quality of our water is affected by alterations to the land – mining, roadways, agriculture, urban development, deforestation and the everyday activities of the people within the watershed.

Important Dates:

  • Applications Due: July 31, 2017
  • Proposals Reviewed and Grant Awards Announced: August-September 2017
  • Grant Awards Luncheon and Workshop: October 2017

Applicants must:

  • Contact Western Reserve Land Conservancy to discuss their organization and proposal ideas at 440-528-4150 prior to submitting an application.
  • Be based in one of Ohio’s 88 counties AND be a qualified nonprofit, tax exempt organization with a Federal Tax ID Number or be working with a nonprofit or County Soil and Water Conservation District acting as a Fiscal Sponsor to administer grant funds.
  • Complete and send the Proposal Cover Page and Proposal Materials Checklist by Monday, July 31, 2017.

Interested in applying? Click here to download 2017 Dominion Watershed Mini Grant Program Application.

For more information please contact Western Reserve Land Conservancy at 440-528-4150 or