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UPDATE: Funding Tours for FY24 Legacy Grant Requests

Below is a message from GMRPTC Executive Director Renee Mattson. You can reach her at

It’s looking and feeling a lot like fall has arrived, at least in the northern part of Minnesota.
The Fiscal Year 2024 application cycle has yielded 20 applications for a total of $14,612,199 in requests. It will be some time before we know what amount we have available to grant, but we’re optimistic it will be in the neighborhood of $11,500,000. The gap between available funding and requests is not as large as in some earlier years when we had as much as three times the number of requests compared to available funding.

The breakdown of requests by district:
District 1              4
District 2              2
District 3              4
District 4              4
District 5              4
District 6              2
Total                   20

Joe and I have completed site visits, and the Commissioners will be in deep discussion during the upcoming Commission meetings. Below are some highlights from our tours:

Isanti Springvale Park visit in District 4 with Commissioner At-Large Jen Foley, System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski, District 4 Commissioner and Barry Wendorf.

Duluth Waabizheshikana/Marten Trail in District 1 with System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski, Senior Parks Planner Cliff Knettel, and Senior Parks Planner and Landscape Architect Jim Shoberg.

Redwood County Plum Creek Park in District 5.