Grant funding available for Ohio watershed groups

July 1, 2019

Grant funding available for Ohio watershed groups

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is happy to announce that for a fifth year, grant funding will be available for Ohio’s watershed groups through the Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant program.

Groups that work to protect water quality and watersheds throughout Ohio are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000.

Funding will be made available to eligible watershed groups in the following categories:

  • Marketing, Promotions and Outreach Projects: Grants will be made for marketing and educational outreach projects (maximum request $1,500)
  • Healthy Watershed Projects: Grants will be made for restoration or water quality enhancement projects (maximum request $2,500)
  • Spotlight Project: A special grant award, up to $5,000, will be made in support of a larger water quality or restoration project. To be considered, projects must include at least 10 percent matching funds and be located in the overlapping service areas of Dominion Energy and the Land Conservancy. Counties eligible for the Spotlight Project include: Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne.

In order to be eligible for the grants, an organization must be a watershed group based in one of the counties served by Western Reserve Land Conservancy or Dominion Energy. Counties eligible for the Marketing, Promotions and Outreach Projects and Healthy Watershed Projects include: Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Guernsey, Hardin, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Portage, Putnam, Sandusky, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Washington, Wayne and Wood.

The applicant must be a qualified nonprofit, tax exempt organization with a Federal Tax ID Number or be working with a qualified fiscal sponsor – a nonprofit or a county soil and water conservation district.

New applicants must contact Western Reserve Land Conservancy to discuss their project to ensure eligibility. Returning applicants and past grant recipients are free to submit applications providing all previous grant projects are in progress or reporting requirements fulfilled.

The program, funded by Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and administered by the Land Conservancy, is entering its fifth year. Since its inception in 2015, more than $140,000 has been awarded to 38 watershed groups across the state. The Ohio program is patterned after a similar Dominion Energy-backed grant initiative in Pennsylvania. Dominion partners with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy on that program to enhance watersheds in Pennsylvania.

“Dominion Energy is proud to partner with Western Reserve Land Conservancy for our fifth annual Watershed Mini Grants Program,” said Jim Eck, Vice President and General Manager of Ohio and West Virginia Distribution for Dominion Energy. “It’s a privilege to support these amazing environmental initiatives that are happening throughout the state of Ohio.”

“Ohio’s watershed groups are critical to protecting the health of Ohio’s freshwater resources,” said Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Land Conservancy. “We are extremely grateful to partner with Dominion Energy again this year to support the important and innovative work of watershed groups across the state.”


Please find the application below. The deadline for submitted completed application is August 9, 2019. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Click here to access the 2019 Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant Program Application.

Click here to access fill-able PDF forms to submit with your application.

Applications sent to:


U.S. Postal Service:
Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant Program
c/o Western Reserve Land Conservancy
3850 Chagrin River Road
Moreland Hills, OH 44022

Questions? Please contact Kendrick Chittock at 440-528-4150 or