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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:

06/01/18 3:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, school districts, and special districts to restore and enhance coastal resources throughout the Lake Superior shore. This program enables local communities, organizations and agencies to balance protection of coastal resources while providing places for people to live, work, and play.

Projects must be consistent with the objectives of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act of 1972; help fulfill the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR); and comply with state and federal grant requirements.

-The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 provides the basis for protecting, restoring, and responsibly developing the nation’s diverse coastal communities and resources.

-The mission of the MNDNR is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

Multi-organization collaboration is not required, but is welcome.

The project must be within:
-The Minnesota waters of Lake Superior
-Public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s Coastal Area


“Coastal management” is a term that covers the decisions and actions taken to keep the natural environment, built environment, quality of life, and economic prosperity of coastal areas in balance. Coastal management is further defined to six goals.

To be eligible, a project must help achieve one of the following 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 improve public access to outdoor recreational opportunities within Minnesota’s coastal area. (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)

Eligible Project Categories:

The project must fall into one of the following categories:

Projects that assist communities and organizations with coordination and planning for resource management/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 required for an identified coastal resource need of a community, land or water manager, or organization. Proposals must demonstrate how the research will address one or more coastal management goals 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 and/or community outreach activities (for example; press releases, events at State parks, community meetings, website/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

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

You may request grant funds between $2,500 and $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects may take place between March 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018 (September 1, 2017 deadline); between September 1, 2018 and September 28, 2018 (March 1 deadline); or between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 (December 1 deadline).

Projects must be completed in six months or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for review, a project must be submitted by an eligible organization, take place within the coastal area, help achieve a coastal management goal, and fall into one of four project categories.

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
-Nonprofit organization
-City, township or county within the coastal area
-Area-wide agency, including a county and/or regional planning agency
-State agency
-College or university
-Public school district in the coastal area
-Conservation district
-Port authority
-Tribal government
-Joint powers board
-Sanitary sewer district

Ineligible Projects:

Any activities that involve moving dirt or destroying/restoring vegetation are not eligible for funding with these grants (i.e. installing kiosks/signs in the ground, planting, physically removing invasive species, and building boardwalks or trails).

This program cannot fund projects on private property or activities that support a private enterprise.

Pre-Application Information:

You will need to provide 20% of the grant request as match. For example, you may apply for a grant of $7,500 and will need to provide $1,500 match.

All of the rules that apply to federal funds ALSO apply to matching funds.

Your contribution must be from a non-federal source. It can be cash or in-kind. Expenses such
as project personnel, supplies, and equipment are eligible. Volunteer contributions are acceptable, and can be valued at $20 per hour. You may charge volunteer time at the rate paid for the type of work completed (e.g., attorney doing legal work may charge their standard rate). The time students and their parents spend participating in Coastal Program grant-funded field trips cannot be used to meet the match requirement. Volunteers must perform a specific service necessary to completing the project.

If you would like staff to review your application for eligibility and provide feedback on content, you must send a draft via email a minimum of two weeks prior to the due date.

Applications must be emailed by 3:00 PM on September 1, 2017; March 1, 2018; or June 1, 2018.

Staff will review STAR applications three times between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Project start date must be March 1, September 1, or December 1, 2018.

Reimbursement will be made once, upon completion of the project.

-Application received by: September 1, 2017
-Project Start Date: March 1, 2018
-Project completed by: August 31, 2018

-Application received by: March 1, 2018
-Project Start Date: September 1, 2018
-Project completed by: February 28, 2019

-Application received by: December 1, 2018
-Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
-Project completed by: May 31, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Amber Westerbur, Program Manager

Cynthia Poyhonen, Grants Specialist

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
568 Highway 2
Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Public (non-federal) land in Minnesota's Coastal Area