Outdoor Heritage Conservation Partners Grant Program - FY2011

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$4,386,000
Source: 
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient: 
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Recipient Type: 
State Government
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
Activity Type: 
Grants/Contracts
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(i)
Appropriation Language 

$4,386,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for a program to provide competitive, matching grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional, state, and national organizations, including government, for enhancement, restoration, or protection of forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, or wildlife in Minnesota. Up to four percent of this appropriation may be used by the commissioner of natural resources for administering the grant program. Grantees may acquire land or interests in land. Easements must be permanent. Land acquired in fee must be open to hunting and fishing during the open season unless otherwise provided by state law. The commissioner of natural resources must agree in writing to each proposed acquisition of land or interest in land. The program shall require a match of at least ten percent from nonstate sources for grants of $100,000 or less and a match of at least 15 percent from nonstate sources for grants over $100,000. Up to one-third of the match may be in-kind resources. The criteria for evaluating grant applications must include, in a balanced and equally weighted order of precedence, the amount of habitat restored, enhanced, or protected; local support; degree of collaboration; urgency; capacity to achieve multiple benefits; habitat benefits provided; consistency with current conservation science; adjacency to protected lands; full funding of the project; supplementing existing funding; public access for hunting and fishing during the open season; sustainability; and use of native plant materials. All projects must conform to the Minnesota statewide conservation and preservation plan. Wildlife habitat projects must also conform to the Minnesota wildlife action plan. Subject to the evaluation criteria and requirements of this paragraph and Minnesota Statutes, the commissioner of natural resources shall give priority to organizations that have a history or charter to receive private contributions for local conservation or habitat projects when evaluating projects of equal value. Priority may be given to projects acquiring land or easements associated with existing wildlife management areas. All restoration or enhancement projects must be on land permanently protected by conservation easement or public ownership or in public waters as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.005, subdivision 15. Subdivision 9 applies to grants awarded under this paragraph. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph (b). This appropriation is available until June 30, 2014, at which time all grant project work must be completed and final products delivered, unless an earlier date is specified in the grant agreement. No less than five percent of the amount of each grant must be held back from reimbursement until the grant recipient has completed a grant accomplishment report by the deadline and in the form prescribed by and satisfactory to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$4,386,000
Direct expenses: 
$4,376,000
Administration costs: 
$10,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
1.4

Project Overview

The Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (CPL) will be managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide competitive matching grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional, state, and national non-profit organizations, including governments. Grant activities include the enhancement, restoration, or protection of forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, or wildlife in Minnesota. A match of at least 10% from nonstate sources is required for grants of $100,000 or less, and a match of at least 15% from nonstate sources is required for grants over $100,000. Up to one-third of the match may be in-kind resources. All match must be identified at the time of application.
CPL Program Staff will develop a Request for Proposal and Program Manual, solicit applications and oversee the grant selection process, prepare and execute grant documents, review expenditure documentation, ensure recipients are only reimbursed for allowable expenses, monitor grant work, and assist recipients with closing out their agreements. Up to 4% of the appropriation may be used for administering the grant program.

Project Details

Project Manager

Leslie
Tannahill
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul
MN
55155
(651) 259-5242