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

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #137915

Grant Description

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, local agencies, IHEs, school districts, and Tribal governments for projects to encourage the protection and sustainable use of natural resources in coastal locations. Applicants are advised that required registration may take several weeks to finalize. Eligible projects are those that promote the achievement of coastal management goals or that take place within the coastal area. The project’s principal activities must occur in either the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior or on public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area.

The projects must protect, restore, or responsibly develop Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal communities and resources.

In general, Annual grant projects can:

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

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)

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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, Communities

For ineligible projects, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Due – November 16, 2022
- Review Dates – January 18-19, 2023
- Estimated Notice of Project Selection – February 15, 2023
- Estimated Project Start – September 1, 2023
- Project End – November 30, 2024
- Products Due – December 31, 2024

Submit the application by end of day, November 16, 2022, and include all required materials.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Coastal Program staff to discuss the project and potential requirements.

If you would like Coastal Program staff to pre-review your application, you must send a draft via email by November 2, 2022. Pre-review by Coastal Program staff does not guarantee the application will score well or receive grant funds.

For every grant dollar requested, you must provide a dollar in match (1:1). For example, if you apply for a grant of $50,000, you will need to provide $50,000 match. Match must be local (non-federal) and may be cash or an in-kind contribution.

To receive federal pass-through funds, you must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is an official website of the U.S. Government. There is no cost to use SAM. You must maintain your profile until you receive the final payment. This requires that you review and update the information at least annually after the initial registration, more frequently if required by changes in your organization.

Grantees must pay for all grant related expenses and request reimbursement.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Grantees have 15 months to complete their projects, starting September 2023.

The Federal Award that will fund these projects will expire December 2024. You should be able to complete your project in 15 months or less. You should plan for project activities to begin on September 1, 2023 and be complete by November 30, 2024. You will have an additional 30 days to submit final reports, products, and reimbursement requests.

Contact Information:

Please direct questions to Cynthia Poyhonen, grant specialist: 218-834-1447 or You may submit drafts to this email as well.

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

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