Grant Guide

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Environmental Initiative Grants


The environmental initiative program helps initiate or implement projects that enhance ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities. The Laura Jane Musser Fund also has additional programs—rural initiative, intercultural harmony, arts, and Little Falls/Morrison County.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: March 14, 2024

A proposal should be submitted online. Supplementary documents are required, including personnel lists, letters of support, budgets, maps and plans, anti-discrimination policy, etc.

Funding Amount

Up to $35,000

Planning grants can be up to $8,000, while implementation grants can be up to $35,000. The grant program typically issues five to seven grants per year.



Planning or implementation projects that involve active participation from the local community and promote responsible public use of open spaces. Ineligible projects include: parking lots or driveways, repairing buildings, farms, or land acquisition.

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people icon orange People/Engagement


Local units of government and 501(3)(3) nonprofit entities are eligible.

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heart handshake orange 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

Land Type & Geography

This program funds projects in MN, CO, HI, WY, and parts of TX.

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orange tree Parks  orange trail icon Trails

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

2020 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

$8,000Sheridan County Conservation DistrictAcme reclamation planning project
$25,000Friends of the Mississippi RiverEngage residents to steward Inver Grove Heights natural areas
$25,000Urban RootsRivoli conservation demonstration site
$30,000Minnesota Land TrustSt. Louis River corridor revitalization initiative
$34,990Wood Lake Nature CenterForest restoration

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