Workshops underway to help applicants apply for Minnesota conservation grant money

You fought to help create dedicated funding in Minnesota.
Sportsmen demanded a citizens council to help spend the money. And
outdoors scribes and State Capitol junkies insisted that some of
the money be available to state sportsmen’s clubs for projects.

Well, the application process is underway and the deadline for
clubs to apply is Nov. 3. To help individuals and clubs understand
how to apply for the almost $4 million available, the Minnesota
DNR has scheduled a series of workshops that kick off this week.
For complete details and meeting times and dates, see the DNR news
release below.

Participate in spending this money the right way: for
conservation. And if you don’t get involved with spending these
dollars, your money, then please don’t whine about “the danged DNR”
mis-spending it later!

DNR Reports

New Ulm, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR has scheduled a series of
workshops to explain the application process for the Conservation
Partners Legacy (CPL) grant program.  

The Minnesota Legislature has approved $3,740,000 for the CPL
grant program intended to restore, enhance or protect fish and
wildlife habitat in Minnesota. The CPL grant program is an
initiative of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSHOC).
Local, state and federal non-profit organizations and governmental
entities are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to
$400,000.

“This grant program is one of the best things to come along for
Minnesota’s fish and wildlife habitat in a long time,” said Ken
Varland, DNR Southern Region Wildlife manager at New Ulm. “But it
will only be successful if groups develop project proposals and
submit their applications on time. These workshops will help them
do that.”

Workshops will be offered to accommodate government entity
representatives during daytime sessions and in the evening for
non-profit organizations. However, individuals can attend whichever
session best fits their schedule.

Varland said interested organizations should work with a public
land manager to complete the project planning form. The deadline
for submitting applications is Nov. 3. Complete details about the
CPL grant program can be found online at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/habitat/lessard-sams.html.

Workshop locations, dates and times:

• Oct. 6 – Chandler Community Center (corner of 3rd St. and
Carlton St – directions: West on Main Ave. for 2 blocks, north on
3rd St 1 block to junction of 3rd St. and Carlton St. – enter on
northwest side of intersection). 3 – 4:30 p.m.; 6:30 – 8 p.m.

• Oct. 7 – Lac qui Parle WMA/State Park Headquarters (14047 20th
ST NW, Watson, 56295), 2 – 3:30 p.m.; 6:30 – 8 p.m.

• Oct. 8 – Benco Electric Cooperative Building (20946 549th
Avenue, Mankato). 1:30 – 8 p.m. 

• Oct. 8, – YMCA meeting (200 South A Street, Marshall). 2 –
3:30 p.m.; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

• Oct. 10 – Nicollet Conservation Club – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

• Oct. 13 – Redwood Falls Community Center – RACC (901 Cook
Street, Redwood Falls). 2 – 4 p.m.; 6 – 8 p.m. 

• Oct. 14 – Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building
(2200 23rd St. NE, Willmar) – 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; 6 – 8:30 p.m.

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