Applications for grants to help fund projects that restore, enhance or protect Minnesota’s prairies, forests and wetlands through the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) program will be accepted beginning Wednesday, Aug. 15.

“In response to requests for an easier application process and quicker review for routine habitat projects, the program now also includes new Expedited Conservation Project grants,” said Ed Boggess, director of Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division. “Proposals for these grants, which are for smaller and more standardized types of projects, will be accepted throughout the year and will provide project dollars more quickly.”

Local, state and national non-profit organizations and governmental entities that want to complete conservation work that benefits habitat for fish, game and wildlife on public or permanently protected lands are eligible for funds. Three levels of project funding from the $4.6 million program are available this year:

Projects requesting $25,001 – $400,000 in grant funds use the standard online application. Deadline for these requests is September 26, 2012.

  •  Projects requesting $5,000 – $25,000 in grant funds use a simplified online application. Deadline for these requests is September 26, 2012.
  • Projects submitted as Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) may request $5,000-$50,000 for commonly accepted restoration and enhancement activities . These requests will be accepted and awarded continuously through May 15, 2013.
  • All projects, regardless of category or amount requested, require a 10 percent match.

Proposals submitted in the Expedited Conservation Projects category must choose activities from a list of specific standard practices and costs developed from commonly funded projects during the past five rounds of CPL funding. Applications for these grants are accepted continuously, and awards are made every other month.

The application system will open Wednesday, Aug. 15, and close Wednesday, Sept. 26. Expedited Conservation Projects grants will be accepted continuously until May 15, 2013. Information about this year’s grant requirements is available online, and the official Request for Proposals will be posted on or before Aug. 15 on the CPL website.  See the respective grant cycle web pages for specific information.

For more information on the CPL grant program, please visit our website.

Logo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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