Minnesota's Coastal Program - Short Term Action Request (STAR)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $7,500

Next deadline: Jun 1, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Sep 1, 2019 1:00pm PDT, Mar 1, 2020 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

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

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

Location of residency: Minnesota

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This Notice of Grant Opportunity is for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) ShortTerm Action Request (STAR) grants. These pass-thru grants fund small, non-construction projects that can be completed in six months or less.

The Coastal Program serves to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance coastal resources along Minnesota's shore of Lake Superior. Our grant program helps local communities, agencies, and organizations balance protection of coastal resources while providing places for people to live, work, and play.

Projects must be consistent with the objectives of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act of 1972; help fulfill the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (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 collaboration is not required, but is welcome.

The MNDNR receives the funds for these grants under the Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 11.419.


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. 


With the STAR funds, we support projects that impact the natural, economic, recreational, or cultural resources in the coastal area.


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


Projects that provide opportunities to participate or gain knowledge. For example: workshops, trainings, media, exhibits, and informational signs.

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 issues 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 a proactive outreach component.

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.


  • Eligible Organizations
    • The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
      • Nonprofit organization;
      • City, township or county within the coastal area;
      • Area-wide agency, including county and regional planning agencies;
      • State agency;
      • College or university;
      • Public school district in the coastal area;
      • Conservation district;
      • Port authority;
      • Tribal government;
      • Joint powers board; and
      • Sanitary sewer district.
  • Location:
    • The project must be within:
      • the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior and 
      • public (non-federal) land in Minnesota’s Coastal Area (see Appendix A)
  • Match: You will need to provide 20% of the grant request as match.


  • Ineligible Projects
    • Any activities that involve moving dirt or destroying/restoring vegetation are not eligible for funding with these grants (i.e. installing kiosks/signs in the ground, planting, physically removing invasive species, and building boardwalks or trails).
  • We cannot fund projects on private property or activities that support a private enterprise.