Government, non-profits can apply for millions in Legacy grants

Government entities and non-profit groups interested to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants between now and 4 p.m. Sept. 9 on the on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at
The grants help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife. Projects must be on public land or land permanently protected by conservation easements. Applicants may request up to $400,000 with a total project cost not exceeding $575,000. Projects must also have a 10 percent match from a source outside a state agency.
In its first seven years of funding, nearly $38 million has been granted through the CPL program for habitat projects throughout Minnesota. Funding comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008.
For fiscal year 2017, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended allocating $3.35 million for the traditional grant cycle, $2.5 million for the metro grant cycle (projects located in the seven-county metro area or within the city limits of Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester) and $1 million for the Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) grant cycle. The ECP cycle is open continuously through May 12, 2017, or until funds run out.
More information about the three grants can be found at Potential applicants are encouraged to review the request for proposal and the “how to apply” tab on the website, which guides users through the application process.Questions can be directed to: Jessica Lee, CPL grant program coordinator for the DNR, [email protected] or 651-259-5233.