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Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant - Non SWCD Led Proposals

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits and
Agencies for Water Conservation Projects

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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects that address water quality within the state. Eligible proposals must address a current natural resource priority in the applicant’s district. The applicant must demonstrate how addressing this resource concern pertains to the organization’s business plan and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) business plan.

The Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant Program (IC 14-32-8-5) utilizes the Clean Water Indiana Fund to Support Indiana conservation groups (nonprofits or units or subdivisions of government), in cooperation with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in efforts to address the priority concerns of the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) business plan.

Proposal Logistics: The grant proposal must document how the grant funds will address at least two of the State priority resource concerns referenced in the State Soil Conservation Board’s (SSCB’s) Business Plan adopted in 2016. The plan can be found at

Proposals that outline how CWI funds will leverage additional funding from other sources as well as engage other partners are strongly encouraged.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183976

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals can be for any amount that would accomplish the project described.

Term of Contract:

All Clean Water Indiana Grant projects shall take no longer than three full years to complete. Projects will start on January 1, 2020 and must be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding component is reserved for non-Soil and Water Conservation District applicants.

Eligible Applicants: Applications can be submitted by natural resource related conservation groups in the State of Indiana. Preference may be given to projects tied to the Indiana Conservation Partnership and its shared goals.

Funding Restrictions: Proposals must fall within the funding context allowed under the Clean Water Indiana Law (IC 14-32-8). The law prohibits funds to be used for food, food related paper products, office equipment or self-promotional materials (i.e. mugs, t-shirts, pens, etc.)

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: The application must be submitted by September 6, 2019, at 4 pm EDT. At the time of submission the Clean Water Indiana will confirm the presentation time with the applicant organization.

Application and Selection Process: Applications are available from the Clean Water Indiana program manager. In addition to the application form, organizations must present their projects for up to 20 minutes at the SSCB meeting on September 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. At this meeting, the SSCB will decide what proposals will move on for further consideration for CWI funding. Those proposals selected to move on to the next phase will be scored and ranked alongside the SWCD led proposals for CWI funding consideration. The CWI grants committee’s funding recommendations for both SWCD-led and Non-SWCD led projects will be presented to the full SSCB at the October SSCB meeting.

Match Requirements: A 50 percent cash and/or in-kind match is required. The match is applicable only if directly related to the purpose of the proposed project. The grants committee may give preference to cash match rather than in kind during the scoring process.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, please contact:

Leah Harmon
Clean Water Indiana Program Manager
(317) 607-4127

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