Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Natural & Scenic Area Grants

Overview

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The program intends to increase, protect, and enhance natural and scenic areas not managed by the state.

Grant Website

Funds

0% pie chartGrants are reimbursed up to 50% of the total eligible project cost. Costs must be incurred and paid for before reimbursement can be made. Grants are financed using federal dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LAWCON) and state lottery proceeds from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF).

Application & Review Process

The DNR reviews all applications. Applications are judged based on consistency with strategic directions identified in the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The proposed projects will be reviewed for natural resource and scenic qualities, educational and scientific values, adjacent lands, historical and cultural values, and local government commitment.

Eligibility

Projects

Fee title acquisition and permanent easement acquisition; minimal betterment activities (surveying, boundary signing) and active restoration efforts are eligible as part of an acquisition.

Applicants

Cities, counties, townships, and school districts. Applicant must be the current or intended owner and manager of the property.

Geography

Properties within Minnesota.

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
FY20
FY19$1,048,0004$262,000
2014-2018Unfunded0
FY12-FY13$975,0006$162,500

2018 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$65,000Wright CountyAcquire 20 acres within Stanley Eddy Park Reserve
$132,000Wright CountyAcquire 59 acres, seed native tree species, and install signs
$350,000City of BayportAcquire 11 acres along the St. Croix riverfront
$500,000Sherburne CountyAcquire 171 acres with Mississippi riverfront and an island