Current Grant Opportunities

Library Construction Grants
The Library Construction Grant program is accepting applications for 2017 round two competitive grants. The program provides public libraries with funding for renovation, construction, and improvement projects that result in more accessible library facilities. The 2017 Minnesota Legislature allocated a total of $2 million to the program. Approximately $838,000 of the state allocation is available to award as grants. The deadline to apply is 3:30 p.m. on March 14. A webinar about the grant and how to apply will be offered on Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.

Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Approximately $59 million is available for projects that will provide multiple ecological and other public benefits. New this year is a focus on proposals for projects under $200,000, especially from local units of government and nonprofits, that aim to quickly and efficiently provide environment and natural resource benefits in Minnesota.

The LCCMR is requesting proposals in the following categories:

  • 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, Habitat, and Recreation

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 11.

Park and Trail Grants
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic area, 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 and regional trails, to trail connections. Get details and apply for each program:

Regional Transportation Coordinating Council Grants
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is offering grants to establish a statewide network of Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs) throughout Greater Minnesota. The councils will give transit users easier access to services. MnDOT will work with local governments and other state agencies, through the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access, to fill transportation gaps, streamline access to transportation and provide more options of where and when to travel. RTCCs will coordinate transportation services through a network of existing public, private and nonprofit transportation providers. The RTCCs will consist of stakeholders interested in improving the mobility for older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, and military veterans.

A grant application workshop will be held Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the MnDOT St. Cloud headquarters, 3725 12th Street North. Interested persons and organizations unable to attend should contact Sue Siemers, Greater Minnesota Mobility Management program coordinator, at

Grant solicitation timeline:

  • Feb. 15, 2018—Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • March 31, 2018—Deadline for application submittal.
  • July 1, 2018—Grant recipients announced.

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