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 Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) is accepting applications for grants through April 14. Several GMPT members have received these grants in the past to fund projects that expand outdoor recreational opportunities. This year, in addition to the larger grants it typically makes, the LCCMR is encouraging smaller proposals under $200,000, especially from local governments. Learn more on the LCCMR website.