Grant Guide

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Environmental Initiative Grants

Overview

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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.

Grant Website

Funds

0% pie chartPlanning 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.

Application & Review Process

A proposal should be submitted online—a narrative outline is provided. Additional documents to submit include letters of support, budgets, personnel lists, maps and plans, anti-discrimination policy, and IRS status.

Eligibility

Projects

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

Applicants

Public or not-for-profit entities.

Geography

Programs in MN, CO, HI, WY, and parts of TX.

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
2018$158,0457$22,578
2017$134,8847$19,269
2016$111,0005$22,200
2015$136,2005$27,240
2014$171,9029$19,100

2018 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$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
$35,000Coalition for the Poudre River WatershedForest resiliency and wildfire risk reduction in a state park