Current Grant Opportunities

Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Approximately $59 million is available for projects that will provide multiple ecological and other public benefits. New this year is a focus on proposals for projects under $200,000, especially from local units of government and nonprofits, that aim to quickly and efficiently provide environment and natural resource benefits in Minnesota.

The LCCMR is requesting proposals in the following categories:

  • Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Education
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
  • Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
  • Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
  • Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 11.

Park and Trail Grants
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic area, 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 and regional trails, to trail connections. Get details and apply for each program:

Greater MN Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Grants
Cities and townships are eligible to apply for funding under the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) 2020-2021 Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Program. MnDOT has set aside approximately $1 million in funding for each fiscal year. Applications for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 are due by Jan. 31, 2018. Future applications will be accepted annually from October through December. To qualify, cities must be adjacent to a limited access freeway, expressway, or interstate where noise limits exceed the standards set by the Federal Highway Administration. Cities are required to pay 10 percent of the project cost.
Learn more and apply

Regional Transportation Coordinating Council Grants
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is offering grants to establish a statewide network of Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs) throughout Greater Minnesota. The councils will give transit users easier access to services. MnDOT will work with local governments and other state agencies, through the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access, to fill transportation gaps, streamline access to transportation and provide more options of where and when to travel. RTCCs will coordinate transportation services through a network of existing public, private and nonprofit transportation providers. The RTCCs will consist of stakeholders interested in improving the mobility for older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, and military veterans.

A grant application workshop will be held Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the MnDOT St. Cloud headquarters, 3725 12th Street North. Interested persons and organizations unable to attend should contact Sue Siemers, Greater Minnesota Mobility Management program coordinator, at

Grant solicitation timeline:

  • Feb. 15, 2018—Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • March 31, 2018—Deadline for application submittal.
  • July 1, 2018—Grant recipients announced.

Workforce Housing Development Grants
This grant program provides $2 million dollars each year in ongoing funding for the direct development of market-rate residential rental properties to increase the availability of rental housing in Greater Minnesota.

Applications are due Jan. 25. MHFA expects to make recommendations to their Board in March.

Local Fire Service Planning Grants
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) announced Sept. 1 that the division is soliciting grant applications for the Service Planning Grant Program (formerly the Shared Services Program). The solicitation period will remain open until Jan. 31, 2018. Grants are intended to fund third-party feasibility studies aimed at developing options for service planning, including (but not limited to) those provided in A Blueprint for Shared Services, a guide developed by the Governor’s Fire and Rescue Shared Services Task Force in 2010. Grants will help local agencies identify ways to work together to enhance fire service delivery. This may involve collaboration related to training, department administration, personnel and/or equipment. Agencies may also use grant funds to explore potential department consolidations.

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