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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, School Districts, Tribes, and IHEs for Waterfront Preservation Projects

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


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Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior; or public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school districts, tribal communities, and institutions of higher education for projects to support the sustainable use of waterfront resources in eligible locations. The project’s principal activities must occur either in the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior; or on public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area.

In general, STAR projects:

  • Create (or modify) plans or designs to protect or develop coastal resources;
  • Provide opportunities for community participation or learning;
  • Produce knowledge for an identified coastal resource need of a community, land or water manager, or organization; or
  • Address timely and specific coastal issues.

Coastal Management Goals:

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

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


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
- Area-wide agency, including a county and/or regional planning agency
- College or university
- Conservation district
- Joint powers board
- Local units of government (e.g., city, township, county)
- Nonprofit organization
- Port authority
- Public school district
- Sanitary sewer district
- State agency (excluding the DNR)
- Tribal communities

STAR projects must be low-impact, and cannot include activities that involve moving dirt or destroying/restoring vegetation of any kind (e.g., digging postholes, removing invasive species, and constructing boardwalks or trails). The Coastal Program cannot fund projects on private property or that solely benefit a private business or individual.

Pre-Application Information
The Coastal Program must receive applications via email by 5:00 pm on September 1, 2022; December 1, 2022; March 1, 2023; or June 1, 2023.

You may select from one of four STAR project start dates:
- Application Due By: September 1
- Project start: April 1
- Project end: September 30
- Products due: October 31

- Application Due By: December 1
- Project start: July 1
- Project end: December 31
- Products due: January 31

- Application Due By: March 1
- Project start: October 1
- Project end: March 31
- Products due: April 30

- Application Due By: June 1
- Project start: January 1
- Project end: June 30
- Products due: July 31

If the due date falls on a holiday or weekend, applications are due the first business day after.

Be advised, the review and approval process can take up to three months and the grant agreement process can take an additional 4-6 weeks. Applicants must submit their application a minimum of six months prior to the requested start date.

If you would like Coastal Program staff to pre-review your application, you must send a draft via email to the email address listed below a minimum of two weeks prior to the due date.

The Coastal Program will post responses to questions online five days before the application due dates.

You must provide 20% of the requested grant funds as match.

The DNR will reimburse project expenses once at the end of the project. If this is a hardship, the DNR may make exceptions.

If you would like Coastal Program staff to pre-review your application, you must send a draft via email to the email address listed below a minimum of two weeks prior to the due date. Pre-review by Coastal Program staff does not guarantee the application will score well or receive grant funds.

Maps and Coastal GIS Resources:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request between $2,500 and $10,000 in grant funds.

Term of Contract
You must complete your project within six months.

Contact Information
Submit applications to

Please direct questions to the Coastal Program Grants Specialist: 218-834-1446 or the email address listed above.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Coastal Program Manager: Amber Westerbur
1568 Highway 2; Two Harbors, MN 55616

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