Session Law Chapter 214: Article 4: Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Appropriations, Subd. 9.
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
Final Language in Law
(a) Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
$2,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to solicit, rank, and fund competitive matching grants for local parks, trail connections, and natural and scenic areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 85.019. The appropriation is for local nature-based recreation and connections to regional and state natural areas and recreation facilities and does not include athletic facilities such as sport fields, courts, and playgrounds. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.
Proposed Project Overview
Grants for regional and local parks and trails to fund four grant programs that have historically been managed by the MnDNR:
Regional and local grant programs have long been a vital source of funding close-to-home outdoor experiences across Minnesota. Funding for these programs has dwindled in recent years, however, even as demand has grown.