Ecofootprint Grant Program

At Enbridge we continue to strive to improve our safety record, build on our company’s value of integrity and show respect for the communities where we operate.

Because we understand that our construction can have temporary impacts on the communities where we operate, Enbridge funds an Ecofootprint Grant Program to support environmental restoration and improvement efforts in the communities crossed by the Line 3 Replacement project.

The three-year, $3 million grant program began in 2015 to support a range of environmental projects – from improving water quality to limiting impact on wildlife and migratory birds to fostering education and overall stewardship.

Applications a now being accepted for $1 million in environmental grants for organizations within Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin that work to protect and restore the natural environment. Enbridge is pleased to announce the continuation of the Ecofootprint Grant Program which supports environmental stewardship at a local level.

Communities in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin along the Line 3 Replacement project may be eligible to receive grants in varying amounts with preference for projects that demonstrate one or more of the following priorities:

  • Improve and/or protect surface water and/or groundwater quality in watersheds crossed by the project;
  • Advance research and science related to threatened and endangered species and/or declining populations;
  • Foster environmental post-secondary education and stewardship;
  • Improve research related to the transportation of crude oil as it relates to the environment; and
  • Focus on environmental areas or issues that are most relevant to local communities.

Applicants eligible for the grants include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, Native American tribes, state government agencies, local governments and post-secondary academic institutions. Requests for proposals will be accepted through Jan. 27, 2017.

Enbridge has selected the Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (MARC&D) to administer the grant program. Interested applicants can learn more about the program by visiting their web site.

In 2016, Enbridge was pleased to award 15 recipients with Ecofootprint Grants.

“We were impressed with the highly qualified applications we received this year and are proud to help advance locally based environmental priorities funded with this grant program,”

John Swanson, Enbridge Vice President of Major Projects 

Programs receiving Ecofootprint grant funding for 2016 include:

Aitkin Soil and Water Conservation District - to implement water quality restoration and protection in Palisade’s Fleming Lake East Polk Soil and Water Conservation District - for a noxious and/or invasive weed management initiative Giziibii Resource Conservation & Development Association - to provide regional expertise that fosters environmental post-secondary education and stewardship Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District - for phosphorus reduction in tributary systems of Deer and Pokegama lakes
Minnesota Land Trust - to initiate a pilot program with Audubon Minnesota to protect significant bird habitat within important bird areas of northern Minnesota Pennington Soil and Water Conservation District - on gully control and buffer implementation incentives to promote conservation practices Pennington Soil and Water Conservation District - for a storm water assessment to identify ways to improve water quality in Red Lake and Thief River Red Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District - to install water quality improvement and multi-purpose drainage management projects in the Red Lake River watershed        
North Dakota
Ducks Unlimited - to assess the effects of oil and gas development on breeding duck settling and production in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota and eastern Montana Ducks Unlimited - for experiential wildlife education in Sheridan County Ducks Unlimited and its partners in Ramsey County - to provide habitat conservation options that promote working lands while addressing water and soil resource concerns North Dakota Geographic Alliance’s GeoFIT Institute - to study and promote how geology, geography and forestry work together to minimize environmental impacts of pipelines
Douglas County Land and Water Conservation Department - for a decision support system for wetland planning in the Lake Superior Basin of Douglas County Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior - for analysis and comparative data of vegetative cover of the Brule River Watershed University of Wisconsin-Superior - for research on the impact of microplastics on aquatic life in the St. Louis River Estuary and western Lake Superior