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Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF)

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #154248

Grant Description

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, 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

For a list of allowable expenditures, see

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The RFP is open to all who want to apply and who have demonstrated fiscal capacity. Past recipients include state agencies, local government units, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and private corporations.

For information about ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted online by May 26, 2022 at 4:30 PM.

- March 22, 2022: Funding priorities determined and 2023 RFP adopted
- March 25, 2022: 2023 RFP issued
- May 26, 2022: Final submission deadline for proposals responding to 2023 RFP
- July 2022: All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking
- July 25, 2022: A subset of high-ranking proposals selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR
- August 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2022: Selected proposals present before the LCCMR
- August 30, 2022: Subset of proposals selected for recommendation to the Legislature for funding
- September - November 2022: Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work plans for LCCMR staff review and research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review
- December 2022: Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the Legislature
- January - May 2023: 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 2023: LCCMR approves work plans for projects funded
- July 2023: Minnesota DNR sends grant agreements to non-state agencies receiving ENRTF funds
- July 1, 2023: Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and approved projects can begin.

Early account registrations and proposal submissions are strongly encouraged.

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:


Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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 government units and non-profits, to quickly and efficiently provide environment and natural resource benefits in Minnesota.

Term of Contract:

Projects begin July 1, 2023. Most projects funded are two to three years in duration.

Contact Information:

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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