$4.6 million dollars is available the 2013 Conservation Partners Legacy Grant program, and the online request for proposals is open and ready for applications. Grants will be awarded to projects that restore, enhance or protect Minnesota’s prairies, forests and wetlands.

The grant process is open to 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 in Minnesota. Three grant funding opportunities are available this year:

  • Projects requesting $25,001 – $400,000 (O25K grant cycle) in grant funds use the standard online application. Deadline for these requests is September 26, 2012.
  • Projects requesting $5,000 – $25,000 (U25K grant cycle) 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.  Click here for a list of the allowable activities.

Applicants will have the opportunity to choose which grant cycle fits their projects the best.  ECP grants, for instance, cannot be used for acquisition or work on private land.  The O25K and U25K grant cycles allow projects with both of those criteria.  Find specific information within the Request for Proposals and access to applications on the grant cycles’ respective webpages or by clicking here for the O25/U25K grant cycle or here for the ECP grant cycle.

See the CPL website at www.mndnr.gov/grants/habitat/cpl for more information.

During the first three years of the program, 140 grants totaling $10.3 million have been awarded for conservation projects.

The CPL program is funded through the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008.

CPL staff can be contacted at: LSCPLGrants.DNR@state.mn.us or by calling 651-259-5233 (Sam Fleitman, CPL Coordinator)

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