District Mini-Grant

Started in 2007 by then District Manager, Cathy Paradise, the Brown County SWCD wanted to give back to the community when outside funding became less and less available. This unique program allows Brown County residents to apply for cost-share money to help them achieve their conservation goals. Applicants must send in an application form and then if qualified, will present their project proposal in front of staff and board members. After further review, a limited number of applicants will be selected for funding. To learn more about applying for a Mini-Grant, call or stop by the office!

2019 Mini Grant Applications due by Oct. 19th, 2018Click here for an application form.

Projects funded by Mini-Grants: (Left) Compost area at the Brown County Community Garden.                   (Right) Pollinator garden at Helmsburg Elementary School.

Clean Water Indiana (CWI)

Clean Water Indiana Grant: Remove, Replant, and Restore will fund projects which (1) remove invasive plants that pose a serious threat to the biodiversity of Indiana’s forested and riparian ecosystems, (2) replant and restore the site with appropriate native species that accomplish the goals and objectives of each landowner.

Experienced SWCD staff collaborating on the project will provide technical assistance to each interested landowner by writing a detailed Landowner Invasive Plant Assessment.

Applications will be accepted year-round and will be ranked and approved by SWCD staff and their Board of Supervisors on a quarterly basis per each year of CWI funding (2017-2019).

Reimbursements will cover 75% of the landowner’s receipts, not to exceed the per acre rate for invasive species removal and $500 for native planting.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Brown County SWCD at 812-988-2211 or email at


319 Grant

Bean Blossom Watershed Improvement Project (2009-2012)

Brown and Monroe County SWCD’s were awarded a 319 grant by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for the Bean Blossom watershed to improve the water quality of our local watershed by decreasing the amount of pollutants entering our streams. The project was overseen by individuals from a variety of backgrounds who came together with a common goal of improving land management practices in order to make a positive effect on the water quality.

Lake and River Enhancement Grant (LARE)

The Salt Creek Preservation Group has been a LARE Grant recipient in both 2014 and 2015. The focus of the grant work has been improving Salt Creek as a natural water source, wildlife habitat, and stream trail for outdoor recreation while reducing the risks of erosion and flooding.