Crow Wing County received $32,7456 in grant funds from the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources to provide funding to replace or protect septic systems for residents.

Proper septic maintenance ensures that homeowners are protecting groundwaters from human contaminants. In 2018, $10,125 in loans were disbursed to Crow Wing County residents.

Funding for residents will be processed through the Region Five Development Commission. Residents who receive funding will be provided a loan from the Region Five Development Commission at 3% interest for 60 months for the cost of the project. The terms of the loan are set by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The total funds awarded to an applicant will depend on the cost of the system, yearly income and size of household. Loans can be paid off at any time, with no prepayment penalty. A $50 application fee to cover the cost of a credit report is required at the time of application.

Priority of funding will first be given to low and very low income land owners. All need-based, low-income applicants will be funded to some degree, pending repayment availability as determined by the North Central Economic Development Association Loan Board.

Applications are available at northcentraleda.org/homeowner/.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact Stephanie Barney at the Region Five Development Commission at 218-296-5201.