Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF)

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Organizations for Statewide Conservation Projects

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

Deadline Date:

04/30/20 4:30 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other organizations for statewide environmental conservation projects. Funding is intended to support a broad range of projects and activities that conserve, enhance, protect, and preserve the States natural resources. Grants will support research, environmental education, land acquisition, renewable energy, and other activities to protect endangered resources.

All proposals must meet the constitutional aim to protect, conserve, preserve, and enhance Minnesota’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources, especially those that may be substantially impaired or destroyed in any area of the state. Proposals are strongly encouraged that address prevention strategies for protecting natural resources, that include citizen and community involvement in scientific efforts, and that implement or identify clear strategies for implementing research results.

Proposals should address one or more of the priorities described in the categories below, however proposals pertaining to new or emerging environmental or natural resource issues not directly addressed below may also be eligible for consideration:

  1. Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
  2. Water Resources
  3. Environmental Education
  4. Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
  5. Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
  6. Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat 
  7. Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
  8. Small Projects: The LCCMR encourages proposals under $200,000, especially from local government units and nonprofits, to quickly and efficiently provide environment and natural resource benefits in Minnesota. Proposals should address one or more of the priorities listed in the above categories 1-7. 

For a detailed description of each of these categories, see

For a list of Eligible Expenses, see

Grants may be spent for research; collection and analysis of information that assists in developing state policies; public education; capital projects; administrative expenses; and other activities that preserve or enhance natural resources. For further details on these allowable expenditures, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154248

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum or maximum request amount.

The RFP includes a category for projects under $200,000, especially from local units of government and non- profits, that aim to quickly and efficiently provide environment and natural resource benefits in Minnesota.

Term of Contract:

Projects begin July 1, 2021. Most projects are 2-3 years; however more or less time can be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The RFP is open to all who want to apply and who have demonstrated fiscal capacity.

For information about ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted online by 4:30 pm, Wednesday, April 30, 2020.

- February 12, 2020: 2021 RFP issued
- April 15, 2020: Final submission deadline for proposals responding to 2021 RFP
- May 2020: All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking
- June 17, 2020: A subset of high-ranking proposals selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR
- July 7-9 and 14-16, 2020: Selected proposals present before the LCCMR
- August 6, 2020: Subset of proposals selected for recommendation to the legislature for funding
- August - October 2020: Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work plans for LCCMR staff review and research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review
- November -December 2020: Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the legislature
- January- May 2021: LCCMR recommendations presented to the legislature for consideration via introduction as an appropriations bill. Bill is considered and acted upon by the Minnesota House and Senate. Upon passage, the bill goes before the governor to be signed into law.
- June 2021: LCCMR approves work plans for projects funded
- July 2021: Minnesota DNR sends grant agreements to non- state agencies receiving ENRTF funds
- July 1, 2021: Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and projects can begin

LCCMR staff are available to provide assistance and answer questions. (See Contact Information below.)

Proposal and Funding Process

Process Overview:

LCCMR Schedule:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)
State Office Bldg., Rm. 65
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films

Deadline 02/08/21

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length film projects. Funding is intended to support projects at any production phase from development through post-production. Priority will be given to applications from early career and emerg

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

In-Kind Services to Minnesota Nonprofits for the Renovation and Beautification of Community ...

Deadline Ongoing

In-kind repair services to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities by improving the safety of communal gathering places. The program is intended for structural and cosmetic repairs, painting, electrical, plumbing, and updates to make the buildings ac

GrantWatch ID#: 129543

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Economic Development and Job Training in Eli...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states to address the needs of residents in eligible counties, with priority given to low- to moderate-income populations. Applicants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,

GrantWatch ID#: 130602

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Arts and Cultural Activities During ...

Deadline 02/01/21

Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for a range of arts and cultural activities during and after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for activities with

GrantWatch ID#: 131201

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Early-Career Psychologist for Child Psychology Rese...

Deadline 06/15/21

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International early-career psychologist for child psychology research projects. The purpose of the program is for research and demonstration projects that foster an understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholast

GrantWatch ID#: 132694