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-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2022 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). Approximately $70 million from the lottery-generated fund is available for projects that aim to protect, conserve, preserve, and enhance Minnesota’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.
The LCCMR is requesting proposals in the following categories:
- Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
- Water Resources
- Environmental Education
- Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
- Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
- Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
- Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
- Small Projects (under $200,000)
Applicants must submit proposals through the LCCMR’s online proposal and grant management system. Early submissions are encouraged. The 2022 RFP contains an explanation of the LCCMR’s proposal and funding process and instructions for submitting a proposal online. Anyone with a project idea consistent with the RFP may submit a proposal for review by the LCCMR.
The release of this RFP begins the competitive process through which the LCCMR selects projects to recommend to the Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Proposals responding to the 2022 RFP are due Friday, April 2. From June through August 2021, the LCCMR will consider all proposals received and make a final selection of projects to include in its recommendations to the Legislature for the 2022 session. Funded projects can begin July 1, 2022.
For more information on the 2022 RFP, visit the 2022 Proposal and Funding Process page on the LCCMR website.