Current Grant Opportunities

Aquatic Invasive Species Pilot Project RFP

The Initiative Foundation has announced a request for proposals from eligible partners to fund the implementation or expansion of innovative pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species into the surface waters of Minnesota and to assess their effectiveness. The foundation will award a total of $3.6 million to fund a limited number of pilot projects. This grant was approved by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Fund, administered by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 15.
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Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program. This is an opportunity for funding of regional park and trail projects across Minnesota. Eligible projects include acquisition, development, improvement, and restoration of park- or trail-related facilities of regional or statewide significance outside the metropolitan area as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121. Counties, cities, and townships are eligible to apply. Applications are due by Sept. 26.
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State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Grants

In the 2014 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid grants program for historic preservation projects. A total of $1.4 million was set to be allocated to county and local jurisdictions as matching money for historic preservation projects of a capital nature, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 138.0525. It is anticipated that approximately $800,000 will be available in the fall 2014 grants cycle. Grants must be matched on at least a one for one basis. The minimum request is $10,000. There is no request cap in place. Keep in mind that grants are spread across the state as much as possible. Funded projects will begin after Jan. 1, 2015. The pre-application deadline is July 18. The final application deadline is Sept. 5.
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