Current Grant Opportunities

Safe Routes to School Planning Assistance Grant
Minnesota communities and schools wanting to develop safer routes for students to walk and bicycle to school can apply for planning assistance grants through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Application deadline is March 3. Planning assistance grants are the first step for communities to assess their current conditions for walking and bicycling to school and decide what they need to effectively implement a Safe Routes to School program, according to Dave Cowan, SRTS coordinator. The planning process works to engage stakeholders, analyze existing data and prioritize strategies to make it safer and easier for youth to walk and bicycle to school. Plans are completed by regional development organizations or a statewide SRTS consultant.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants
Applications are now being accepted for the FY 2016 SAFER Grants. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as there are substantial changes to the FY 2016 SAFER Grant Program. The SAFER Frequently Asked Questions will also be an important tool as they provide more detailed information on the changes and new requirements. The Self-Evaluation tools will be beneficial as you begin to develop the narrative portion of your application.

DNR Park and Trail Grants
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, regional trail, local trail connections, and federal recreational trails.

These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects ranging from local parks to regional trails to trail connections. Learn more and apply for:

Aquatic Invasive Species Grants
The Initiative Foundation announces an open process (no deadlines) to apply for funds for projects that implement or expand innovative and comprehensive pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the surface waters of Minnesota. A total of $3.6 million will be awarded for pilot projects and an assessment of their effectiveness. The grant program was approved by the Minnesota Legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, one of four funds of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment passed in 2008. It is intended to fund pilot projects anywhere in Minnesota that are legal, effective, and financially sustainable methods of preventing the spread of AIS through a range of communication, education, and outreach efforts; inspection and decontamination; enforcement; containment; and/or other methods than can be administered locally.

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