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Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (CPL) - Expedited Conservation Project Grant (ECP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Enhance and
Restore Wildlife Habitat in Eligible Areas of Minnesota

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

05/11/20 4:00 PM - To submit applications for Round 1.

Description:

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and government entities to enhance or restore wetlands, forests, prairies, and habitats for game, fish, and wildlife in Minnesota. Funding is intended to support projects on public lands or waters or lands protected by a permanent conservation easement.

Projects must be on the ECP Activity List. See Supporting Documents below. 

For information about eligible expenses, see https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/fish_wildlife/cpl/rfp.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184191

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are limited to a maximum award of $50,000 (minimum $5,000).

Term of Contract:

The grant period begins when the final signature on the grant contract is obtained and continues until all work is completed but no later than June 30, 2023, for FY20 funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local, regional, state, and national nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply. Private individuals and for-profit organizations may not apply.

Ineligible costs:
- Indirect costs (overhead costs for basic operational functions such as lights, office rent, water, phone) are not eligible grant or match expenditures. Below are some common requests for funding that the CPL program will not fund with grant dollars or allow as match (unless specified). These requests will be removed from any application prior to review and may result in the rejection of the entire application.
- Work on project sites not identified in the Work Plan or approved by CPL staff.
- Preliminary engineering and design costs*. Grant funds may not be used to pay for initial engineering and design costs as this work must be mostly complete before requesting grant funds for a project. *These costs may be used for match only.
- Research, education, interpretive signs, or planning activities
- Capital Equipment including but not limited to vehicles, trailers, chainsaws, sprayers, etc.
- Activities on conservation easements that are the responsibilities of landowners under the terms of the easement.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period will be open continuously through May 11, 2020, or until funds run out, whichever comes first.

Completed applications will be pulled for review every two months on the following days at 4:00 pm:
- Round 1: September 16, 2019
- Round 2: November 18, 2019
- Round 3: January 21, 2020
- Round 4: March 16, 2020
- Round 5: May 11, 2020

A 10% match of non-state funds is required for all grants. The match may be cash or in-kind resources. Total project costs may not exceed $575,000. Grantees will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

Applicants are encouraged to combine contributions from non-state partners to meet the match requirement.

How to Apply: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/habitat/cpl/apply.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application system: https://webapps15.dnr.state.mn.us/cpl_grant_applications/authentication/login

Kathy Varble, CPL Grant Specialist
651-259-5216
Kathy.Varble@state.mn.us

Division of Fish and Wildlife
MN Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box #20
Saint Paul, MN 55155-4020

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects may be located on any eligible lands/waters in Minnesota.

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