Improving Water Quality Through Local, Grassroots Efforts

Sweet Water’s signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program distributes grants of $1,000 - $5,000 to non-profit community and civic groups for projects or activities that use green infrastructure practices or other approaches to improve water quality, enhance environmental conservation, restore aquatic habitat, or educate people about these issues. 


2019 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program update

Sweet Water starts accepting applications on September 5, 2018 for its 2019 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program – please check back in late August for the Request for Proposals (RFP) and more details!

In the meantime, help us support the future of the Mini-Grant Program by donating today. As we continue to fund creative and exciting projects, we are looking for partners and support to invest in our shared water resources today!


2018 Min-grant Report Form Due November 1, 2018

Required Items

  1. Please submit your report form online by pressing the blue report form button below.
  2. Submit at least five high quality photos of the project (ideally before, in progress, and when completed).

Additional Items

If applicable, please also send the following items:

  1. Examples of promotional materials used or publicity gained from the project.
  2. Information regarding any media attention related to the project.

Photos and additional items can be emailed to info@swwtwater.org with the name of your organization in the subject line.


Congratulations to our 2018 mini-grant awardees


We are grateful to our 2018 Mini-Grant Program funders


About the Mini-Grant Program

Sweet Water’s signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program distributes grants of $1,000 - $5,000 to non-profit community and civic groups for projects or activities that advance Sweet Water's mission and vision.

Funding is available for eligible projects located in the following Southeastern Wisconsin watersheds: the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Root, Pike and Oak Creek.

The aim of the Water Quality Mini-Grant Program is to support efforts that make use of green infrastructure practices or other approaches to 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.