Application period open for conservation mini-grants

The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a limited number of conservation grants for 2016-2017 to private landowners and local organizations.

Grants will be awarded to projects that will help enhance the natural resources of the property, enhance water quality, and/or educate about natural resources.

Grant money awarded will not exceed $3,500. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and cost-shared 80/20.

Applications are due Friday, Sept. 16. The soil and water board also will want plans for the project. Qualifying applicants will be asked to present their proposal to the board Wednesday, Sept. 21. After all presentations, the board will determine the impact the project will have on the natural resources and/or education of the natural resources in Brown County.

Best management practices that control erosion, enhance water quality and positively impact the land, and other practices that will improve natural resources are good choices for consideration, District Manager Allison Shoaf said.

For an application, email or stop the office at 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds. With questions, call 812-988-2211.