The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources is accepting proposals through May 11 for grants from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is funded by Minnesota Lottery and investment proceeds. The commission expects that $46.3 million will be available for projects that start in July 2016. The commission is responsible for making funding recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature. The 2015 Legislature will vote on recommendations for proposals received last year.
Projects are being sought in the following areas:
- 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 for habitat and recreation
The intent of this funding program is to provide access to everyone with innovative ideas for environmental or natural resource projects that could provide multiple ecological and other public benefits to Minnesota. Projects must be consistent with the commission’s Six‐Year Strategic Plan for the trust fund and the adopted funding priorities described in the RFP.
The full Request for Proposals is available on the commission’s website.