Rainwater Rewards Grant Program



The City of Apple Valley will offer financial assistance to landowners interested in installing water quality project improvement projects: raingardens, shoreline buffers, and native gardens. The goal of the program is to empower landowners to make positive impacts to the quality and quantity of water resources—lakes, ponds, and wetlands—in the community.  As an added benefit, native plants utilized in water quality improvement help our local pollinators and improve habitat biodiversity. 

Projects may receive 50% the cost of the water quality improvement component of their project, not to exceed $500 per lot or project. All funding is distributed on a first‐come, first serve basis. Preference will be given to projects with a high impact to water quality (such as raingardens and shorelines) and for complete applications from first‐come applicants. This is a reimbursement grant; paid receipts and project photos are required before final payment.

Please note: Projects should not be located within easements unless special permission is give by the City. Contact staff to determine whether your project is eligible. To find where easements are located on your property you can look on the County website. Visit https://gis.co.dakota.mn.us/DCGIS/ type in your address, click on your parcel, and scroll down to the left hand side to the plat documents.

Grant Program Application and Flyer

Grant Program Agreement and Specifications

Cost Share Dos and Don'ts

Blue Thumb website

Additional funding opportunities may be available to Apple Valley residents and businesses through other organizations. The City's program encourages landowners to participate in Dakota County's Landscaping for Clean Water Program. Classes are offered virtually and in-person. They also offer one-on-one time.  More information is listed on their website below. 

What makes native plants so great?

  • Adapted to local climate and soil conditions

  • Help increase biodiversity

  • Provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators

  • Long root structures that help prevent erosion, filter stormwater pollutants, and increase water infiltration

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on Wild Bergamot, photo taken by US Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regio
Examples of Native Plants by SWCD Landscaping for Clean Water