Application Deadline is November 1, 2017 (11:59pm)

Please read the Sweet Water Mini-Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP)
thoroughly  to understand what you need to know to complete the online Application Form and Project Description.

You must use this one-page Budget Template to complete your proposal.  An example of a completed budget for your reference can be found when you click here.

New this year, we are offering Mini-Grant Informational Workshops on either September 20th from 3pm to 5pm or October 12th from 2pm to 4pm.  The workshops will be held at the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way in Milwaukee.

The workshops are hosted by Sweet Water and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District's Green Infrastructure Center of Excellence.  An official Grand Opening of the Center will be held from 4pm to 7pm, just after our workshop session on October 12.

Steps prior to accessing the online Application Form (see details in RFP)

1)  Prepare a three page or less Project Description (not including required budget page) that will be available for upload to the online Application Form.  Be sure to answer each of the questions from the RFP (above) for the Project Description document.

2)  Prepare a 100-word, clear and comprehensible summary of your project including project outcomes. 

3)  Save the required Budget Template (above) to your computer.  When completed, upload it to the Application Form.

Upon completion of the three steps above , click on the button below to begin applying online.

Additional Information:
Frequently Asked Questions
Examples of Past Sweet Water Mini-Grant Winners
Example Budget

Please call Sweet Water with any questions at (414) 382-1766, or email herriges@swwtwater.org. 

Annual Water Quality Mini-Grant Program

Improving Water Quality Through Local, Grassroots Efforts

Sweet Water’s signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program distributes grants of $1,000 - $5,000 to established non-profit community and civic groups for projects or activities that advance the mission of Sweet Water, which is to protect and restore our shared water resources.  Funding is available for eligible projects located in any of the five watersheds located in Southeastern Wisconsin:  the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Root, and Oak Creek.

The aim of the Water Quality Mini-Grant Program is to support local, grassroots efforts that make use of green infrastructure practices or other approaches that will improve water quality, enhance environmental conservation, restore aquatic habitat, or educate people about these issues.  A mini-grant project can be implemented at an individual site, as a neighborhood project, or as a community-wide initiative. 

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued by Sweet Water every year in the fall.  The grants are reviewed and judged by a panel of experts arranged by Sweet Water, and the winning organizations execute their proposed projects the following spring and summer.  Every spring, Sweet Water is proud to honor these winners at its annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference.

congratulations to the 2017 mini-grant awardees:

We are grateful to our 2017 Mini-Grant Program funders: