The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from Minnesota‚Äôs Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund beginning July 1, 2017.
Approximately $50 million is expected to be available for projects being sought that provide multiple ecological and other public benefits in at least one of the following seven environment and natural resource areas further detailed in the RFP:
- 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
Proposals responding to the 2017 RFP are due Monday, March 21, 2016.
Anyone with a project idea consistent with the RFP may submit a proposal for consideration by the LCCMR. LCCMR staff are available to assist proposers, answer questions, or review and provide feedback on drafts of proposals. Proposers are encouraged to submit proposal drafts to help ensure proposals are focused, clear, and contain all necessary information. Drafts must be received by Friday, March 11, 2016 to allow adequate time for staff to review.
During summer 2016, the LCCMR will be considering all proposals received in response to the 2017 RFP and selecting projects to recommend to the 2017 Minnesota Legislature. Project funding does not become available until July 1, 2017.