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Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (CPL) - Metro Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits and Agencies to Protect and
Restore Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Metropolitan Areas

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

09/24/18 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government entities to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildife, and game habitat in metropolitan areas. Eligible projects may focus on wetlands, forests, prairies, and any other habitat. Projects must be located within the 7- county metro area or within city limits of cities with a population of 50,000 or greater (Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud).

Goals and Priorities

The CPL program is habitat-focused. Grant activities include the enhancement, restoration, or protection of forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, or wildlife in Minnesota. All applications should identify the direct habitat benefit of the project. All projects must adhere to MS 97A.056.

Restoration and enhancement projects will only be funded on lands that are:

- Permanently protected by a conservation easement as defined in MN Statutes 84C.01;
- In public ownership; or
- In public waters as defined in MN Statutes, Section 103G.005, subdivision 15.

Acquisition projects may include acquiring land through fee title or permanent conservation easement.

Lands acquired in fee title must be open to the public for hunting and fishing during all open seasons unless otherwise provided by law.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184190

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

From $5,000 up to $400,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period begins when the final signature on the grant contract is obtained and continues until all work is completed but no later than June 30, 2022 for FY19 funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible for CPL funding. Private individuals and for-profit organizations may not apply. Partnerships are encouraged.

Projects must be located within the 7- county metro area or within city limits of cities with a population of 50,000 or greater (Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud).

Indirect costs (overhead costs for basic operational functions such as lights, office rent, water, phone) are not eligible grant or match expenditures.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly advised to contact staff before beginning an application to determine whether your project will be eligible and competitive in the CPL program.

If more than $1 million remains after the first Traditional and/or Metro grant rounds, a second grant round will be offered, beginning December 21, 2018, and closing February 11, 2019. If less than $1 million remains, these funds will be available for the ECP grant cycle.

Application and Funding Schedule:

Round 1:
September 24, 2018: Application system closes, 4:00 PM
December 21, 2018: Awards announced for Round 1

Round 2:
December 21, 2018: Round 2 application system opens (if funds remain)
February 11, 2019: Application system closes, 4:00 PM
May 3, 2019: Awards announced for Round 2

CPL staff can do a brief administrative review to ensure your application is complete and eligible for funding. Please request this at least one week before the application deadline or staff may not have time to complete your request.

A 10% match of non-state funds is required for all grants. The match may be cash or in-kind resources. The amount and source of match must be identified at the time of application.

Total project costs may not exceed $575,000.

For the Traditional and Metro cycles, a simplified application is available for applicants requesting less than $25,000.

CPL is a reimbursement-based grant program.

Applicants should meet with the Land Manager or Easement Holder responsible for the land on which the project will take place. This person will need to complete the Land Manager Review and Approval Form PDF (required for all projects at time of application submission).

How to apply:

Contact Information:

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

Online application system:

Jessica Lee, CPL Grant Program Coordinator
Ph. 651-259-5233

Kathy Varble, Grants Specialist
Ph. 651-259-5216

Division of Fish and Wildlife
MN Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box #20
Saint Paul, MN 55155-4020

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Metropolitan areas: within the 7- county metro area or within city limits of cities with a population of 50,000 or greater (Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud)