Dam Safety Grants
What is the purpose of a grant?
Grants are given to improve the safety and condition of publicly-owned dams and water level control structures.
What projects are eligible?
Eligible projects are dam reconstruction, repair, and removal.
Who may apply?
Applications may be made by cities, counties, townships, and watershed districts.
What is given priority in the grant process?
Priority is given to 1) the improvement of important or hazardous dams and 2) the removal of abandoned and nonfunctional dams.
How much money is available in a grant?
Grants may be given for reimbursement of costs of up to 50% for repairs and up to 100% for removals. Amounts have ranged from $25,000 to $1,000,000.
What grants have been awarded in the past?
How do I apply for a grant?
Before filling out the application, contact the area DNR - Ecological and Water Resources office or:
Jason Boyle, State Dam Safety Engineer
DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 32 St. Paul, MN 55155