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Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF)

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and
For-Profits for Environmental Conservation Projects

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Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

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04/02/21 4:30 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profits for environmental conservation projects throughout the state. Funding is intended to support a broad range of projects and activities that conserve, enhance, protect, and preserve the state's natural resources. Grants support research, environmental education, land acquisition, renewable energy, and other activities that 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

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GrantWatch ID#: 154248

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum or maximum request amount. All proposals should strive to maximize efficiency and return on investment for the proposed expenditures.

The RFP encourages proposals 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, 2022. 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.

- December 17, 2020: Funding priorities determined and 2022 RFP adopted
- January 11, 2021 2022 RFP issued
- April 2, 2021 Final submission deadline for proposals responding to 2022 RFP
- May 2021 All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking
- June 16-17, 2021 A subset of high-ranking proposals selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR
- July 6-8, 2021/July 13-15, 2021: Selected proposals present before the LCCMR
- July 28-29, 2021 Subset of proposals selected for recommendation to the Legislature for funding
- August - October 2021: Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work plans for LCCMR staff review and research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review
- November - December 2021: Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the Legislature
- January - May 2022 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
- June 2022 LCCMR approves work plans for projects funded
- July 2022 Minnesota DNR sends grant agreements to non- state agencies receiving ENRTF funds
- July 1, 2022 Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and approved projects can begin

For non-state entities, payment is made by reimbursement for expenses incurred and fiscal oversight is provided through a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Applicants must be available to make a formal presentation to LCCMR if selected and to be available for staff or commission member questions.

Proposal and Funding Process:


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

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