Improving Water Quality Through Local, Grassroots Efforts

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

Funding is available for eligible projects located in the following Southeastern Wisconsin watersheds: the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Root, and Oak Creek.  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.  Sweet Water is proud to recognize these winners at its annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference.

2020 Water Quality Mini-Grant Applications


Click here to view the Request for Proposals to learn more!

Congratulations to our 2019 mini-grant awardees!

We are grateful For our 2019 Mini-Grant Program funders!

Watershed Sponsors | $20,000 +

Creek Sponsors | $1,000 - $2,499


Interested in becoming a supporter of the Mini-Grant Program?

Visit our Donation Page to help us expand the program and fund even more projects in 2020!


Report due November 1, 2019

Applications due November 1, 2019