Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Outdoor Recreation Grants

Overview

This program seeks to increase and enhance outdoor recreation facilities in local and community parks throughout the state by providing matching funds to local governments for acquiring parkland and developing or redeveloping local parks or recreation areas.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: March 31, 2021

The DNR reviews all applications. Applications are judged based on consistency with strategic directions identified in the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Funding Amount

$10,000 – $250,000

Grants are reimbursed up to 50% of the total eligible project cost. In the past, grants have been primarily funded with federal dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LAWCON) and state funding from the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and “In Lieu Of” lottery proceeds.

Eligibility

Projects

Acquisition, (re-)development, and/or rehabilitation of outdoor recreation facilities, such as boat access sites, campgrounds, fishing areas, skating rinks, nature areas, picnic shelters, playgrounds, sports courts, swimming areas, non-motorized trails within a park, etc.

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Applicants

Cities, counties, and townships are eligible. Applicant must be current or intended owner and manager of the property to be acquired or developed.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects must take place within Minnesota at city, county, or township parks. Projects within state park boundaries or designated regional parks are not eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
FY21$3,041,90016$190,119
FY20$3,615,05022$164,320
FY19$1,832,20020$91,610
FY18$1,254,00012$104,500
FY17$580,8759$64,542
FY16$638,6389$70,960

FY21 Project Distribution

  • City - 88%
  • County - 12%

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$18,150Beltrami CountyRognlien Park: Develop a winter fishing access, walkways, benches and stabilize the eroding beach bank.
$32,500City of RoseauCity Center Park: Develop access trails, resting areas, information kiosk, kayak launch, rain garden, natural restoration and site amenities.
$49,000City of RochesterSilver Lake Park: Redevelop playground, parking, nature play element, and rain garden.
$100,000City of St. Louis ParkWestwood Hills Nature Center: Develop a nature playground.
$186,000City of OrrOrr Bog Walk: Redevelop half-mile board walk through a bog and to the shoreline of the Pelican River.

The information about this grant was last updated on 1/21/2021. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.