Current Grant Opportunities

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants
Applications are now being accepted for the FY 2016 SAFER Grants. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as there are substantial changes to the FY 2016 SAFER Grant Program. The SAFER Frequently Asked Questions will also be an important tool as they provide more detailed information on the changes and new requirements. The Self-Evaluation tools will be beneficial as you begin to develop the narrative portion of your application.

DNR Park and Trail Grants
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, regional trail, local trail connections, and federal recreational trails.

These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects ranging from local parks to regional trails to trail connections. Learn more and apply for:

State Capital Project Grants-in-Aid for Historic Preservation Projects
Pre-applications are now being accepted for the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid grants program for historic preservation projects by local governments. It is anticipated that approximately $400,000 will be available. Grants must be matched on at least a one-for-one basis. The minimum request is $10,000. There is no request cap in place. Funded projects will begin after July 1, 2017. The property for which funds are being requested must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office. Properties that have not been evaluated are not eligible for funding. A phased application process is in place for this grant program, and a pre-application is required. The deadline for the pre-application is Jan. 20, and for the final application is March 3.

Aquatic Invasive Species Grants
The Initiative Foundation announces an open process (no deadlines) to apply for funds for projects that implement or expand innovative and comprehensive pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the surface waters of Minnesota. A total of $3.6 million will be awarded for pilot projects and an assessment of their effectiveness. The grant program was approved by the Minnesota Legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, one of four funds of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment passed in 2008. It is intended to fund pilot projects anywhere in Minnesota that are legal, effective, and financially sustainable methods of preventing the spread of AIS through a range of communication, education, and outreach efforts; inspection and decontamination; enforcement; containment; and/or other methods than can be administered locally.

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