Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River Cost-Share Program
The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation is currently accepting cost-share applications for the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River watershed.
We can help fund your green infrastructure
WREC’s cost share program can provide up to 75% of the total cost for urban and agricultural projects designed to improve water quality in the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River watershed. To obtain funding, projects must meet these requirements:
The parcel must be located within our critical area and within Tippecanoe County.
Practices must be included on our list of fundable practices.
You must have a site visit before applying. Urban projects should meet with WREC staff to discuss their project. Rural and agricultural projects should meet with Tippecanoe Soil and Water staff before applying.
Projects must be approved by WREC’s steering committee and our funder, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management prior to project installation.
Applications for urban and agricultural projects are due March 15, 2024!
Second round agricultural project applications are due by May 15, 2024!
How Our Program Works
WREC, in partnership with the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District, provide landowner assistance, technical expertise, and consultation free of charge. Contact WREC or the Tippecanoe County SWCD to discuss your project and to learn more about the program.
After we meet for a consulation, or if you already have a a project designed, you then download an MS Word file application, a pdf application, or submit your application online. If you downloaded an application, please email your completed application to our Watershed Coordinator for submittal. WREC staff will contact you once we receive your application to discuss your project, obtain site plans and photographs, and determine any additional needs to process your application. All projects will be ranked using our standardized urban and agricultural ranking forms, then reviewed by our urban and agricultural committees to determine funding for top projects.
Completed project applications will be reviewed by the agricultural and urban committees within one month of the application due date. Once reviewed, WREC staff will forward applications to our funding agency for approval. If approved, WREC staff will meet with grant recipients to sign contracts and discuss project specifics. No work can be complete prior to contract signature. Additionally, all work must be completed on a reimbursement basis. Any work completed before signature will not be reimbursed.
Agricultural Cost-Share Program
Agricultural landowners in our target area have a unique opportunity to improve water quality in the Wabash River. The Tippecanoe County SWCD coordinates all aspects of the agricultural cost-share program. Landowners in our target area are eligible for assistance of up to 75% of the cost of design and installation of specific green practices.
Agricultural projects we fund:
- buffer strips
- conservation tillage
- cover crops
- grassed waterways
- nutrient and pest management
- prescribed grazing
- heavy use area protection
- stream crossings
- streambank stabilization
- prairie plantings and conservation cover
- tree planting
- two-stage ditch construction
- drainage water management
- livestock management
- wetland restoration and constructed wetlands
Technical assistance is free and we’re offering agricultural landowners free consultation services through our partners at the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District at 765-494-9992 to schedule your walk through or learn more.
Urban Cost-Share Program
Urban landowners in our target area have a unique opportunity to improve water quality in the Wabash River. Landowners in Lafayette, West Lafayette and most of Tippecanoe County are eligible for assistance of up to 75% of the cost of design and installation of specific green practices.
Urban projects we fund:
- rain gardens
- rain barrels
- pervious pavement
- native plants
- green roofs
- streambank stabilization
- turf to prairie conversion
- infrastructure retrofits
Technical assistance is free and is provided by the WREC staff through consultation services. Contact our Watershed Coordinator at the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation at email@example.com to schedule your free consultation.
NOTE: Participation in this consultation does not guarantee project funding.