The State Cost-Share Program was created to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for the implementation of conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation.
Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners can request financial and technical assistance from their local SWCD for the implementation of BWSR-approved conservation practices. This program provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice.
Grant funds are generally available to SWCDs at the beginning of the state’s fiscal year. In order for SWCDs to receive funds, they must have on file an approved annual plan of work, annual report (including financial statements), and comprehensive plan or resolution to adopt the county’s comprehensive plan.