The Heartland cost share program is in its final year of funding. A very limited amount of funds remain available and the installation timeline for approved projects is short. Applications for the remaining funds will be reviewed and allocated on a rolling basis.
See "how to get started" below to learn more about the cost share application process.
In late 2015, Hamilton, Marion*, Madison, and Hancock counties were awarded a Clean Water Indiana grant to administer a new cost share program to promote clean water, wildlife habitat, and healthy soils in the urban and suburban areas of their watershed. This grant allowed for the creation of the Heartland Backyard Conservation Program (HBCP). In 2019, another CWI grant was awarded to Hamilton and Madison counties to continue the success of the program.
Through this program, technical assistance is available to overcome resource issues and make improvements that benefit clean water and more. Cost share assistance in the form of matching grants is available to assist with implementation of projects. The cost share program is a competitive application process. Applications from the 2 county area are reviewed by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, the administering county of the grant.
How to get started:
Contact your SWCD (Hamilton or Madison) to schedule a site visit. Your conservationist will help you identify options for your property and a conservation plan. If cost share appropriate projects are part of that plan, your conservationist will help you complete the program application.
Contact your SWCD well ahead of the deadline to get started.
Financial Assistance is available for implementation of the following projects:
- Rain Gardens and Bioswales
- Constructed Wetlands for Wildlife & Water Quality
- Water Edge Enhancements or Filter/Buffer Strips
- Native/Prairie Plantings
- Porous Pavement/Pavers
- Native Tree/Shrub Plantings
- Critical Area Treatment - erosion stabilization
- Invasive Removal
Contact info for participating districts: