The Lawns to Legumes individual cost-share grant program is currently not open for applications. The application deadline for the Spring 2024 Lawns to Legumes Individual Support program is November 30. Grant recipients will be notified in mid-December. Any applications submitted on August 22, 2022 or later that were not previously awarded a grant will remain in consideration for Spring 2024 funding. Our form will open again in February 2024 for Fall 2024 applications.
If you want to be notified when applications open again, you can fill out the interest form below.
Please note that applying for Lawns to Legumes cost-share funding does not guarantee you will receive funding. If your application is awarded funding, it will be in the form of reimbursement. We will work with awardees unable to afford the upfront cost of a project to find a way to still participate in the program.
Lawns to Legumes uses a lottery system to select grant recipients. This system gives additional weight to applicants who live in priority habitat areas for the rusty-patched bumblebee and other at risk pollinators, and factors in geographic distribution to ensure all regions of the state are represented. Environmental justice and equity factors are also included in the ranking system to ensure that low income, minority and tribal communities are represented and prioritized among awarded recipients.
To give as many people as possible the opportunity to start a project, Lawns to Legumes can only award one grant per individual. However, your city or local conservation or watershed district may have similar native planting grant opportunities! Our lists some of those opportunities.
Please know that Lawns to Legumes offers many free resources for you to take individual action at your home whether or not you receive a cost-share grant. You can check our Lawns to Legumes page, our Grantee Guide and the Lawns to Legumes page on the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources website. You will find information on projects including pocket gardens, pollinator lawns and meadows and planting trees and shrubs for pollinators, how to design your project, and more.
Lawns to Legumes comes through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. Blue Thumb is BWSR’s partner for the individual support part of the program.