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!

2022 Mini Grant Applications are due by Oct. 29th.  Click here for an application.

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) 2017-2019 (Completed)

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

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

Our CWI funding pool was divided among Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties.  Across these 4 counties:

  • Approximately 2,050 contacts were made regarding this grant
  • 145 landowner surveys were completed
  • 71 customers enrolled in the program
  • $60,000 in cost share funds were granted
  • 340 acres were enrolled in cost share

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

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestry producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat.”

For Indiana EQIP information, click here.

To find your local NRCS office, click here.

Conservation Reserve Program

“The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.”

For more information, click here.

To find your local FSA office, click here.

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.