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Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) - Annual Grants

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and School Districts for Coastal Management Projects

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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12/03/19 3:00 PM


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and school districts to address issues impacting Lake Superior and the state’s coastal area. Funding is intended for coastal management projects that protect the natural and built environment, economic prosperity, and quality of life in the area. Local units of government can apply for a low-cost construction or acquisition project under this grant opportunity.

The project must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Low-cost Construction
  • Land Acquisition
  • Planning/Coordination/Management
  • Training/Education/Outreach
  • Applied Research
  • Emerging Issues

For information about project categories, see:

The Coastal Program has identified the following three priorities for projects funded under this Notice.

  • Projects or plans that include verifiable and measureable diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives. They must intentionally serve diverse populations including but not limited to, Indigenous and people of color, LGBTQI communities, those with disabilities, veterans, and/or rural or low-income areas.
  • Projects or plans that will reduce future damage from coastal hazards (e.g., erosion, flooding).
  • Projects that implement initiatives and/or activities within a sustainable development plan or pollution runoff management plan (e.g., local government comprehensive plans; Lake Superior North One Watershed: One Plan; Minnesota GreenStep Cities initiatives).

To be eligible, a project must help achieve one of the coastal management goals:

  • Protect and restore the coastal area’s natural resources and habitats. (Coastal Habitat)
  • Protect lives and property in the coastal area by minimizing risk from natural hazards such as storms, flooding, and erosion. (Coastal Hazards)
  • Safeguard and restore water quality in Lake Superior and area streams. (Water Quality)
  • Create or improve public access to outdoor recreational opportunities within Minnesota’s coastal area. (Public Access)
  • Help communities manage development along the Lake Superior coast in a sustainable way. (Coastal Community Development)
  • Research, analyze, and share information that leads to better coastal land and water management by government and citizens. (Coordination and Public Involvement)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137915

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Annual grants range in size from $10,000 to $100,000

Term of Contract:

You should be able to complete your project in 15 months or less. You should plan for project activities to begin on September 1, 2020 and be complete by November 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
-Nonprofit organization
-Local units of government (e.g., city, township, county)
-Area-wide agency, including a county and/or regional planning agency
-State agency (excluding the MNDNR)
-Tribal government
-College or university
-Public school district
-Conservation district
-Port authority
-Joint powers board
-Sanitary sewer district

Not Funded:
-Creation of wetlands or other habitat required as a condition of a permit or any other regulatory action
-Projects at wetland mitigation banks
-Maintenance and/or purchase of recreational equipment
-Harbor dredging
-Warehouse demolition
-Breakwater construction
-Large-scale hard structure erosion control projects
-Beach re-nourishment
-Building marinas
-Infrastructure projects related to road, water and sewer line construction
-Improvements to buildings for rental, lodging or private property

This grant cannot fund projects on private property or activities that support a private enterprise.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for Annual Grants are due by 3:00 PM on December 3, 2019. It may take up to two business days to validate or reject applications.

Local units of government that are interested in applying for a low-cost construction or acquisition project under this grant, should contact Cynthia Poyhonen to ensure eligibility.

- Applications Due: December 3, 2019
- Review Dates: January 23 & 24, 2020
- Estimated Notice of Project Selection: February 15, 2020
- Estimated Project Start: September 1, 2020
- Project End: November 30, 2021
- Products Due: December 31, 2021

You will need to provide 50% of the total project cost as match. For example, you may apply for a grant of $50,000 and will need to provide $50,000 match. Match must be local (non-federal), and may be cash or an in-kind contribution.

If you would like someone to pre-review your application, you must send a draft via email on or before November 11. Changes made as a result of recommendations do not ensure the application will rank well or be selected for funding.

Coastal Zone Management Act:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:

Cynthia Poyhonen, Grants Specialist

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Coastal Program Manager: Amber Westerbur
1568 Highway 2
Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Minnesota waters of Lake Superior; and public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area

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