Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG)


The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help them implement programs designed to protect and improve water resources. Clay County, along with the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), works with the NRBG.

Individual Programs

Individual programs under this grant include:

  • Comprehensive Local Water Management
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Shoreland Management Program
    • Implemented by Clay County Environmental Services
    • Implemented by Clay County Planning and Zoning
    • Implemented by Clay SWCD
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Feedlot Permit Program
  • MPCA Individual Sewage Treatment Systems Program
  • Wetland Conservation Act

Eligibility & Components

Counties are the only eligible applicants for these grants. A county may apply for any or all of these grant components. In addition, a county is responsible for providing the required match.

To be eligible for the NRBG, a county / SWCD must have a locally adopted and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) approved comprehensive local water management plan, complete a written application, provide a resolution authorizing the signatures on the application and required match and must have submitted an annual report.

This grant program is administered on a fiscal year basis.