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Clean Water Partnership loans

The Clean Water Partnership (CWP) program offers low-interest loans to local units of government for implementing nonpoint-source best management practices and other activities that target the restoration and protection of water resources such as lakes, streams, or groundwater aquifers.

  • First tier loans are provided for local governments to build projects
  • Second tier loans allow local entities to make loans to landowners and other stakeholders

Funds can be used for any non-point BMPs, including wellhead protection, inflow and infiltration (residential laterals), green infrastructure, SSTS upgrade/replacements, wetland or stream restorations, and many more!


To be eligible, projects must address a nonpoint-source pollution issue. Projects under enforcement action, permitted wastewater treatment plants, and projects addressing feedlot NPDES or stormwater permit requirements are not eligible.

Eligible applicants include Tribes, townships, cities, counties, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, or joint powers board whose members are townships, cities, or counties.

See Table 8 on page 45 of the Minnesota's nonpoint source management plan - 2019 to 2029 for a list of projects eligible for Clean Water Partnership loans.

Available funds

Total funds available: $3.5 million

The maximum loan award for a project: $750,000, with the potential to increase by $500,000

Interest rate: 1.5%

How to apply

Full details of this loan opportunity are found in the request for proposals: who may apply, funding priorities, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help you plan your project and submit a complete application.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; funding will be approved based on available loan funds.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) reserves the right to amend this Request for Proposals (RFP) at any time. Issuance of this RFP does not obligate the MPCA to make any loan awards.

More information

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