Grant Guide

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota's Resources (LCCMR)

Trust Fund Appropriations


The LCCMR makes recommendations for the use of the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is a fund appropriated by law for the public purpose of protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: March 27, 2024 (for 2025)

Interested applicants should look at the RFP process. Applicants submit their proposals online for projects to be implemented starting the following year in July. If selected after the first round, applicants need to present their projects in person to the committee. The LCCMR recommends projects to the Minnesota Legislature, which then decides whether or not to approve.

Funding Amount

No maximum request

There is no minimum or maximum request amount. Projects less than $200,000 are considered small projects.



Recent project priorities include: 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, and small projects.

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people icon orange People/Engagement


Any entity the demonstrates fiscal capacity.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects within Minnesota are eligible.

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orange tree ParksĀ  orange trail icon Trails

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

Past Award Examples

$30,000Project Get OutdoorsEquip out-of-school youth programs for outdoor engagement
$191,000Superior Hiking Trail AssociationRestore and repair five sections of the Superior Hiking Trail
$350,000Superior Cycling AssociationCreate single-track mountain bike trail connecting Britton Peak to Lutsen Mountains
$350,000City of BabbitAdding a new campground at Birch Lake Recreation Area
$3,000,000St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad AuthorityMesabi Trail extensions

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