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Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF)

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Organizations for the Conservation of Natural Resources

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Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

Deadline Date:

04/15/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other organizations for a broad range of projects that conserve, enhance, protect, and preserve the State’s natural resources. Funding is intended to 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. Projects must comply with state law (see and requirements listed in the Project Requirements found in Supporting Documents below. Categories are as follows:

A. Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
B. Water Resources
C. Environmental Education
D. Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
E. Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
F. Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
G. Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
H. 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 A through G.

For a detailed description of each of these categories, 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

For a list of Eligible Expenses, 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, 2020. 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.

Generally Ineligible Expenses—Unless Explicitly Approved:

Generally ineligible expenses for reimbursement mean all expenses not defined as eligible expenses, but for which an explicit exception can be sought from LCCMR if the expenses can be clearly justified and individually documented as directly related to and necessary for a project. Generally ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:

a. General operations, overhead, and other indirect expenses, including office maintenance, office utility expenses, and office materials and supplies.
b. Office rental fees (including storage space rental).
c. Communication expenses incurred for telephone calls, web access, postage, and similar services.
d. Insurance, except title insurance.
e. Attorney fees, except to acquire and clear title to land.
f. Purchase of communication devices such as pagers, cell phones, or smart phones.
g. Purchase of computers, tablets, or audiovisual equipment.
h. Generally available food and refreshments, except if explicitly approved for certain types of events.
i. Conference attendance and associated costs and fees, except if to participate in formal presentation of project findings.
j. Out of state transportation and travel expenses.
k. Single-source contracts. Justification for an exception must also include the specific entity by name, why the single source is needed, and how the recipient is ensuring a competitive price for the contracted work.

For additional ineligible expenses, see and

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft proposal for staff review and feedback. All drafts submitted by 4:30 pm Friday, March 15, 2019 will receive a response.

Final proposals must be submitted online by 4:30 pm Monday, April 15, 2019.


- January 3, 2019: 2020 RFP issued
- March 15, 2019: Last day to submit draft proposals for LCCMR staff review
- April 15, 2019: Final submission deadline for proposals responding to 2020 RFP
- Summer 2019: All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking
- June 5 and 6, 2019: A subset of high-ranking proposals selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR
- June 17-18 and 24-27, 2019: Selected proposals present before the LCCMR
- July 2019: Subset of proposals selected for recommendation to the legislature for funding
- August -September 2019: Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work plans for LCCMR staff review and research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review
- November -December 2019: Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the legislature
- January- May, 2020: 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 2020: LCCMR approves work plans for projects funded
- July 2020: Minnesota DNR sends grant agreements to non- state agencies receiving ENRTF funds
- July 1, 2020: 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.)

2020 Proposal and Funding Process

Overview of Process:

2018 Information Session Recording:

Contact Information:

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

Proposal Submission Form:

For more information contact:

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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USA: Minnesota