Base Funding Grant

Crow Wing County receives Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) from the State of Minnesota on an annual basis to help offset the costs to administer the Wetland Conservation Act, DNR Shoreland rules, MPCA septic rules, and local water management planning. The current  NRBG allotments are listed.


  • Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $38,088 ($5,713 to Crow Wing SWCD)
  • Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $8,094
  • DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation = $19,128
  • Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $18,600
  • 2022 WCA Areas 

Grants Available to Landowners

Septic System Improvement

Crow Wing County has been awarded $60,897 in grant funding from Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources  and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to provide funds to replace or protect septic systems for residents. Proper septic maintenance ensures that we are protecting our groundwater from human contaminants. If you are interested in learning more about this program  please review this informational sheet or contact Region Five Development Commission – Stephanie Barney at (218) 296-5201.

There is a $50 application fee and applications are available here Version OptionsGrantsHeadline

Well Sealing

Crow Wing County Land Services received a BWSR Clean Water Fund grant for $30,000 for a cost-share program for sealing abandoned / unused wells. Wells sealed in Crow Wing County may be eligible for a 50% cost-share reimbursement. 

The County will provide up to a maximum of $1,000 in cost-share funds per well.

Application for Grant Reimbursement

A signed contract must be received and on file with Land Services before grant funds will be awarded to a contractor.

A complete grant reimbursement request includes:

  • Application
  • Invoice billed to Crow Wing County showing full project amount minus landowner portion
  • Well and boring sealing record

Each well requires it’s own request. We will accept applications for well’s sealed as of April 1st, 2022. 

FAQ Sheet 

Why is sealing wells so important? A well that is not in use or abandoned can be a source of groundwater contamination by providing a potential direct path for surface water runoff, contaminated water, or improperly disposed of waste to reach an uncontaminated groundwater source. Unused larger-diameter wells can also be a safety hazard for children and animals.

For more information, please contact our office at 218-824-1010.