Minnesota's Coastal Program - Annual Grants

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 29, 2018 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Carlton County, Cook County, Lake County, St. Louis County

Location of residency: Minnesota

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Overview:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) is seeking applications for projects to include in its 2018 coastal zone management application. The MNDNR will award grants to the entities whose projects we competitively select to be part of our final application.

Projects selected must be consistent with the objectives of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act of 1972; help fulfill the mission of the MNDNR; and comply with state and federal grant requirements.

  • The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 provides the basis for protecting, restoring, and responsibly developing our nation’s diverse coastal communities and resources.
  • The mission of the MNDNR is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

Multi-organization collaborative projects are welcome; it is not a requirement for grant funding.

Funding comes from the Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards, through the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) # 11.419. 

The MNDNR and Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

The MNDNR is the lead agency for the state’s coastal management program (Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program; MLSCP; Coastal Program). The MNDNR and the Coastal Program’s broad network of partners aim to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance coastal resources along Minnesota's shore of Lake Superior. It helps local communities, agencies, and organizations balance protection of coastal resources with providing places for people to live, work, and play.

Priorities
The priority in 2018 is on protecting lives and property across the entire coastal area by minimizing risk
from natural hazards such as storms, flooding, and erosion. The priority also includes addressing
hazardous situations at coastal public access sites.

Goals

The project must help achieve one of the following coastal management goals:

  • Coastal Habitat - Protect and restore the coastal area’s natural resources and habitats.
  • Coastal Hazards - Protect lives and property in the coastal area by minimizing risk from natural hazards such as storms, flooding, and erosion.
  • Water Quality - Safeguard and restore water quality in Lake Superior and area streams. 
  • Public Access - Create or improve public access to outdoor recreational opportunities within Minnesota’s coastal area. 
  • Coastal Community Development - Help communities manage development along the Lake Superior coast in a sustainable way. 
  • Coordination and Public Involvement - Research, analyze, and share information that leads to better coastal land and water management by government and citizens.

Project types

Construction and Land Acquisition (government applicants only)

We are able to fund low-cost construction and land acquisition (306A) projects if they meet these criteria:

  • Applicant is a unit of government; and
  • The project must meet one of the following objectives:
    • Preserve or restore an area identified for its conservation, recreational, ecological or aesthetic values (e.g., public parks, St. Louis River Area of Concern, boat accesses, trail systems) or contain one or more coastal resources of national significance;
    • Redevelop deteriorating or underused urban waterfronts and ports; and/or
    • Provide public access to public beaches and other coastal areas and waters.

These projects undergo extensive NOAA review and require additional documentation. If your project is selected to be part of our application, Coastal Program staff will work with you to prepare your project for the additional NOAA review.

Planning/Coordination/Management

Projects that assist communities and organizations with coordination and planning for resource management/protection. For example: comprehensive planning, project designs, and community organizing.

Training/Outreach

Projects that provide opportunities to gain knowledge. For example: workshops, trainings, media, exhibits, and informational signs (indoor and/or replacement of placards).

Applied Research

Projects that produce new knowledge required for an identified coastal resource need of a community, land or water manager, or organization. Proposals must demonstrate how the research will address one or more coastal management goals and benefit resource management. Applicants should include a plan to disseminate the research findings to the scientific community and resource managers. Research projects must include community outreach activities (for example; press releases, events at state parks, community meetings, website/program promotion, and research dissemination).

Emerging Issues

Projects that address issues that are timely and specific. This is a broad reaching category.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Organization -
    • The following types of organizations are eligible to apply: 
      • Nonprofit organization;
      • Local units of government (e.g., city, township, county);
      • Area-wide agency, including county and regional planning agencies;
      • State agency (excluding the MNDNR);
      • Tribal government;
      • College or university;
      • Public school district;
      • Conservation district;
      • Port authority;
      • Joint powers board;
      • Sanitary sewer district
    • Multi-organization collaboration is welcome, but not required.
  • Location -
    • The project must be within:
      • the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior
      • public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s Coastal Area (see Appendix A)
  • Eligible Projects - 
    • To be eligible, a project must help achieve one of the following goals:
      • Protect and restore the coastal area’s natural resources and habitats. (Coastal Habitat)
      • Protect lives and property in the coastal area by minimizing risk from natural hazards such as storms, flooding, and erosion. (Coastal Hazards)
      • Safeguard and restore water quality in Lake Superior and area streams. (Water Quality)
      • Create or improve public access to outdoor recreational opportunities within Minnesota’s coastal area. (Public Access)
      • Help communities manage development along the Lake Superior coast in a sustainable way. (Coastal Community Development)
      • Research, analyze, and share information that leads to better coastal land and water management by government and citizens. (Coordination and Public Involvement)

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Projects
    • We generally cannot fund projects that fulfill regulatory requirements. Projects that do will be discussed with NOAA as part of the initial assessment for eligibility.
    • We cannot fund:
      • Creation of wetlands or other habitat required as a condition of a permit or any other regulatory action; 
      • Projects at wetland mitigation banks;
      • Maintenance and/or purchase of recreational equipment;
      • Harbor dredging;
      • Warehouse demolition;
      • Breakwater construction;
      • Large-scale hard structure erosion control projects;
      • Beach re-nourishment;
      • Building marinas;
      • Infrastructure projects related to road, water and sewer line construction; or
      • Improvements to buildings for rental, lodging or private property.
    • We cannot fund projects on private property or activities that support a private enterprise.