Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program - Annual Grants

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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

Deadline: Nov 19, 2019 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 Coastal Program has identified two competitive priorities for 2019. To receive the full 20 points available under “Relevance to the Coastal Program”, your project must:

  • Mitigate risk to lives and property from natural hazards such as storms, flooding, and erosion. This includes addressing hazardous situations at coastal public access sites.
  • Involve diverse populations, especially those experiencing inequities and/or disparities, such as racial and ethnic communities; LGBTQI communities; veterans; and those with disabilities.

Examples of projects that mitigate risk from natural hazards:

Goals

“Coastal management” is a term that covers the decisions and actions taken to keep the natural environment, built environment, quality of life, and economic prosperity of our coastal areas in balance.

The Coastal Program breaks that out into six goal areas.

To be eligible, a project must help achieve one of our 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)

Project Categories

The project must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Low-cost Construction
  • Land Acquisition
  • Planning/Coordination/Management
  • Training/Education/Outreach
  • Applied Research
  • Emerging Issues

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:
      • public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s coastal area (see Appendix B)
      • the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior
  • 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.