Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Conservation Partners Legacy Grants


The Conservation Partners Legacy grant program is habitat-focused. There are three different grant programs available—Traditional, Metro, and Expedited Conservation Project—each with their own parameters and requirements. Projects should enhance, restore, or protect forest, prairies, wetlands, or habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: Depends on program

Each program has its own timeline, typically starting to accept applications in fall. Depending on the applications received, multiple funding cycles may be available. An online application should be submitted, which will then be reviewed by DNR staff on the basis of project value, applicant performance, public benefits, finances, etc.

Funding Amount

$5,000 – $400,000

Total project costs, including any match, should not exceed $575,000. Recipients receive the money from the grant as a reimbursement. A 10% cash or in-kind match is required. The Expedited Conservation Project requests cannot exceed $50,000.



Projects must have a direct habitat benefit, such as to restore, protect, or enhance prairies, wetlands, or forests.

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Recipients must be 501(c)(3) organizations or government entities. Partnerships are encouraged.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects must take place in Minnesota on public lands, public waters, or private land with a permanent conservation easement.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

FY20 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

$12,430Carver County Water Management OrganizationCourthouse Lake pollinator prairie buffers
$15,000American Bird ConservancyPrescribed burns at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
$25,000Chisago Soil & Water Conservation DistrictCounty parks pollinator habitat program
$50,000Great River GreeningInvasive species control at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
$400,000Friends of Sax-Zim BogWetland acquisition in owl and warbler critical corridor

The information about this grant was last updated on 12/22/2020. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.