Workshop to assist applicants apply for conservation grant money

The Minnesota DNR has scheduled a series of statewide workshops
in August to explain the application process for $4,210,560 in
Conservation Partners Legacy grants available this year.

Projects must be designed to restore, enhance or protect prairies,
forests, wetlands and habitat for fish, game and wildlife in
Minnesota. Successful applicants must provide a 10 percent match
for grants up to $100,000 and 15 percent for grants more than
$100,000. One-third of the match can be in-kind services. Last
year, $3,740,000 in CPL grants was awarded to local, state and
federal nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in
amounts ranging from $5,000 to $400,000.

“This program is a great opportunity to undertake fish and wildlife
projects at the local level,” said Leslie Tannahill, DNR Fish and
Wildlife grants coordinator. “The workshops will help prospective
applicants learn what’s new for the program this year, and how to
develop proposals and submit applications.”

Organizations are advised to begin working now with a land manager
to develop projects and compile application information. The
request for proposal and program manual are expected to be
available on the CPL website by Aug. 2. The application deadline is
5 p.m. on Sept. 16.

CPL project funding is a direct result of the constitutional
amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008 that dedicated a
fraction of the state sales tax to Clean Water, Land and Legacy
projects. Thirty-three percent of those receipts are deposited in
an Outdoor Heritage Fund overseen by the 12-member Lessard-Sams
Outdoor Heritage Council for projects designed to restore, enhance
or protect fish and wildlife habitat. The CPL program was
recommended for approval by Lessard-Sams Council and approved by
the Minnesota Legislature.

The workshops will run from 6:30-9 p.m. The first half of the
meetings will provide information on the CPL program, changes for
this year, the application system and program requirements. The
second half will focus on CPL grant writing, the scoring and
ranking system, tips to maximize scoring potential, and required
forms and attachments. Time will be provided before or after the
workshops for questions and to discuss specific projects with CPL
staff.

Statewide CPL Workshop Schedule. (All meetings begin at 6:30
p.m.)

• Aug. 2: Windom DNR office

• Aug. 3: New Ulm DNR regional headquarters, and Carlos Avery DNR
office in Forest Lake

• Aug. 4: Rochester DNR office

• Aug. 5: Sauk Rapids DNR office

• Aug. 9: Thief River Falls Joint Operations Facility, and
Northland Arboretum in Baxter

• Aug. 10: Roger Spiry Community Room in Bemidji, and the Fergus
Fall DNR office

• Aug. 11: Grand Rapids Public Library, and Lac qui Parle WMA and
state park headquarters in Watson

• Aug. 12: Cloquet Forestry Center auditorium

In addition, DNR Wildlife Section staff will hold small session by
appointment only on Aug. 5 at the following offices in southern
Minnesota: Slayton, Marshall, Redwood Falls, New London, and
Owatonna.

Approved projects should be announced in November this year.

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