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

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

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

11/13/20 3:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, school districts, and Tribal governments for coastal management projects in eligible locations. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Eligible program areas include water quality, coastal community development, public access, coastal habitats, coordination and public involvement, and coastal hazards. The project’s principal activities must occur in or benefit the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior or on public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area.

Every year the DNR offers grants to help communities, agencies, and organizations balance protection of Lake Superior coastal resources with providing places for people to live, work, and play. The projects must protect Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal resources and/or support their sustainable use. 

In general, Annual grant projects can:

  • Create (or modify) plans or designs to protect or develop coastal resources;
  • Preserve or restore areas because of their recreation, ecological, or esthetic values;
  • Provide access to public beaches and other public coastal areas and waters;
  • Provide opportunities for community participation or learning about coastal issues;
  • Produce new knowledge for an identified coastal resource need of a community, land or water manager, or organization; or
  • Address timely and specific coastal issues.

The Coastal Program has identified three funding priorities:

  • Improve or protect the water quality of Lake Superior and coastal area streams.
  • Reduce future damage from coastal hazards (e.g., climate change, erosion, flooding).
  • Serve diverse populations including but not limited to, American Indians, LGBTQI communities, people with disabilities, veterans, and/or rural or low-income areas. Activities or results must include verifiable and measurable diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives.

To be eligible, a project must help achieve one or more of these coastal management goals:

  • Help communities manage development along the Lake Superior coast in a sustainable way. (Coastal Community Development)
  • 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)
  • Research, analyze, and share information that leads to better coastal land and water management by government and citizens. (Coordination and Public Involvement )
  • Create or improve public access to outdoor recreational opportunities within Minnesota’s coastal area. (Public Access)
  • Safeguard and restore water quality in Lake Superior and area streams. (Water Quality)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137915

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $10,000 and the maximum is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees must complete funded projects in approximately fifteen months or less. You should plan for project activities to begin on September 1, 2021 and be complete by November 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Successful applicants must:
- Be eligible to receive state and federal grant funds.
- Be recommended for funding by the Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Coastal Program and
selected by the commissioner of the DNR.
- Be approved for funding by the Office for Coastal Management, NOAA.

The Coastal Program cannot fund projects on private property or activities that support a private business or individual.

For ineligible projects, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Due: November 13, 2020 by 3:00 pm.
- Review Dates: January 11, 2021
- Estimated Notice of Project Selection: February 15, 2021
- Estimated Project Start: September 1, 2021
- Project End: November 30, 2022
- Products Due: December 31, 2022

To Apply:
1. Read the Notice for Grant Opportunity.
2. Contact Coastal Program staff to discuss the project and potential requirements
3. Download the grant application template from the website. Complete the application according to the instructions in Appendix C.
4. Submit the Application

If you would like Coastal Program staff to pre-review your application, you must send a draft via email a minimum of two weeks prior to the due date.

To receive federal pass through funds, you must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM). See To register in SAM, you must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. To verify or register for a free DUNS number, visit

For every grant dollar requested, you must provide a dollar in match (1:1).

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:

Please direct all questions to:
Cynthia Poyhonen, Coastal Program grant specialist

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

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

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