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Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) - Short Term Action Request (STAR)

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs to Restore and Enhance Coastal Resources

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR)

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 3:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, school districts, and special districts to protect and sustain coastal resources along the Lake Superior shore. Funding is intended for small projects that do not involve construction and that can be completed in under six months.

To be eligible, a project must help achieve one or more of these coastal management goals:

  • 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)
  • Safeguard and restore water quality in Lake Superior and area streams. (Water Quality) Create or enhance public access to Minnesota’s coast and Lake Superior (Public Access)
  • Help communities manage development along the Lake Superior coast in a sustainable way (Coastal Community Development)
  • Research, analyze, and share information that leads to better coastal land and water management by government and citizens (Coordination and Public Involvement)


Projects that assist communities and organizations with coordination and planning for resource management and protection. For example: comprehensive planning, project designs, and community organizing.


Projects that provide opportunities to participate or gain knowledge. For example: workshops, trainings, media, exhibits, and informational signs (indoor and/or replacement of placards).

Applied Research

Projects that produce new knowledge for an identified coastal resource need of a community, land or water manager, or organization. Applications must demonstrate how the research will address one or more coastal management goal and benefit resource management. Applicants should include a plan to disseminate the research findings to the scientific community and resource managers. Research projects must include education or community outreach activities (for example; press releases, events at State parks, community meetings, website and program promotion, and research dissemination). 

Emerging Issues

Projects that address issues that are timely and specific. This is a broad-reaching category.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155074

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Estimated Size of Grant:

You may request grant funds between $2,500 and $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees have 6 months to complete their projects.

You may select from one of four STAR project start dates:

Project start: April 1, 2020
Project end: September 30, 2020
Products due: October 31, 2020

Project start: July 1, 2020
Project end: December 31, 2020
Products due: January 31, 2020

Project start: October 1, 2020
Project end: March 31, 2020
Products due: April 30, 2020

Project start: January 1, 2021
Project end: June 30, 2021
Products due: July 31, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available for:
- Cities, townships and counties within the coastal area
- Area-wide agencies
- Regional planning agencies
- State agencies (excluding the DNR)
- Non-profit organizations
- Colleges and universities
- Public school districts in the coastal area
- Conservation districts
- Port authorities
- Tribal governments
- Joint powers boards
- Sanitary sewer boards

The project’s principal activities must occur within the following:
- The Minnesota waters of Lake Superior
- Public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area

In the event that any activities of the project take place outside of the coastal area, the applicant will need to demonstrate that the project will have direct substantial benefits within the coastal area.

Acquisition projects or activities that involve moving dirt or destroying vegetation are not eligible for STAR grant funds. For example, you cannot erect signs, plant plants, pull invasive species, or build boardwalks or trails.

MNDNR cannot fund projects on private property or activities that support a private business or individual.

Generally, the following activities are not eligible:
- Creation of wetlands or other habitat required as a condition of a permit or any other regulatory action
- Projects at wetland mitigation banks
- Maintenance and/or purchase of recreational equipment
- Harbor dredging
- Warehouse demolition
- Breakwater construction
- Large-scale hard structure erosion control projects
- Beach re-nourishment
- Building marinas
- Infrastructure projects related to road, water and sewer line construction
- Improvements to buildings for rental, lodging or private property

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be emailed by 3:00 PM on September 1, 2019; January 1, 2020; March 1, 2020; or June 1, 2020, to be eligible for review. If the due date falls on a holiday or weekend, applications are due the first business day after.

The review and approval process can take up to three months and the grant agreement process can take an additional 4-6 weeks. Please plan to submit your application a minimum of 5 months prior to your requested start date.

If you would like your application pre-reviewed, you must send a draft via email a minimum of two weeks prior to the due date. Changes made as a result of recommendations do not ensure the application will rank well or be selected for funding.

All Coastal Program grants require some kind of local or state funding or work in-kind contributions.

You will need to provide 20% of the grant request as match.

Multi-organization collaboration is not required but is welcome.

Applicants must have a DUNS numbers and have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), with no active exclusions.

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

Applications must be emailed to:

For questions, contact Cynthia Poyhonen, Grants Specialist at the email address above,, or call (218) 834-1447.

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