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Local Projects: grants

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RecommendedAmount Funded
$2 million$2 million

Funding Source

ENRTF logo

(lottery proceeds)

Final Bill » Law

Bonding Bill H.F.No. 4425

Session Law Chapter 214: Article 4: Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Appropriations, Subd. 9.
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation

Final Language in Law

(a) Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
$2,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to solicit, rank, and fund competitive matching grants for local parks, trail connections, and natural and scenic areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 85.019. The appropriation is for local nature-based recreation and connections to regional and state natural areas and recreation facilities and does not include athletic facilities such as sport fields, courts, and playgrounds. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Proposed Project Overview

Grants for regional and local parks and trails to fund four grant programs that have historically been managed by the MnDNR:

2018 Identified Need

  • $5 million in bonding
  • $2 million recommended by LCCMR

Project Impact

Regional and local grant programs have long been a vital source of funding close-to-home outdoor experiences across Minnesota. Funding for these programs has dwindled in recent years, however, even as demand has grown.

Project Support

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has recommended this project to be funded by the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Bill Status

  1. Bills (H.F. 3352S.F. 2934) introduced that includes $2 million for grants for local parks, trails and natural areas.
  2. Bills referred to committees.
  3. Bills included in the final bonding bill (HF 4425)
  4. Bill signed by Gov. Dayton on May 30, 2018

Other Investment Projects on P&TC's 2018 Legislative Agenda