In less than two weeks, the Minnesota Legislature will reconvene, and although the second half of the biennium is shorter, it will likely be another busy session. Because it is not a budget year, the Legislature will be focused primarily on the bonding bill and policy issues. For GMPT, we have several priorities for 2024. We would like to see more funding for the DNR’s local park and trails grant programs and will be pushing for the inclusion of such funds in the bonding bill.
The Environment and Natural Resource Trust fund (ENRTF) is an important source of grant funding for parks and trails. To be selected, applicants must go through the application process to be recommended by the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Legislature must then approve those recommendations, which they typically do. Multiple GMPT members have had success over the last several years in obtaining funding through this process.
Recognizing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCCMR has extended the deadline for submitting proposes to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30. More information can be found on the 2021 Proposal and Funding Process page
As a reminder, the proposal process is completely on line this year so staff at the LCCMR encourages you to register for an on-line account early and to reach out to them with questions.