The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is designed to accelerate adoption of on-farm practices that protect Minnesota’s waters. Producers who implement and maintain approved management practices will be certified and in turn obtain "regulatory certainty" for a period of 10 years. Under the program, a producer demonstrating the implementation of agricultural best management practices to protect water quality receives a 10-year certification and will be regarded as in compliance with any new water quality regulations that occur in those 10 years. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program Financial Assistance Grant as part of the MAWQCP.
These grants are available to Minnesota producers who are already certified or actively seeking certification as evidenced by a signed MAWQCP Producer Application (PDF: 71 KB / 1 page).
The grant awards up to $5000.00 to eligible producers implementing agricultural best management practices. This grant will supplement the cost of the practice as an add-on after other public funds are applied, not to exceed a total public payment cost of 75%. (Additional funds for CRP are not allowed in this grant program.)
Grant applications are reviewed as received. Eligible practices are identified by the MAWQCP certifying agent and approved by MDA staff. Applications for the MAWQCP Financial Assistance Grant have no application deadline and are awarded on a first come basis until all funds are expended.
MAWQCP Programs Operations Coordinator