Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands, or on habitat for fish and wildlife.
Nonprofit organizations and government entities are
eligible to submit applications now until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, on
the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at www.mndnr.gov/cpl.
must be on public land or land permanently protected by conservation
easements. Applicants may request up to $400,000 with a total project
cost not exceeding $575,000. Projects must also have 10 percent of the
funding come from a source outside a state agency.
Three types of CPL grants
its first five years of funding, more than $21 million has been granted
through the CPL program for habitat projects throughout Minnesota.
types of CPL grants available are under this year’s allocation of $8
million. Nearly $3.3 million is available for the traditional grant
cycle and $1 million is available for the expedited conservation
projects (ECP) grant cycle. ECP is open through May or until all funds
are awarded. New this year is the metro grant cycle, in which $3.75
million is available for projects located in the seven-county metro area
or within the city limits of Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester.
Information about the three grants can be found at www.mndnr.gov/cpl.
Potential applicants are encouraged to review the request for proposals
and the how to apply tab at the website, which guides users through the
Questions can be directed to: Jessica Lee, DNR CPL grant program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-5233, or Kelly Pharis, DNR natural resource grants specialist, email@example.com or 651-259-5174.