Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grants to Minnesota cities, townships, and counties for property development and acquisition projects that benefit the community in public areas. Funding is intended for the purchase, creation, expansion, and refurbishment of spaces for public enjoyment. Eligible projects are park acquisition, development, and/or redevelopment including, internal park trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, athletic facilities, boat accesses, fishing piers, swimming beaches, and campgrounds.
The Outdoor Recreation Grant Program assists local governments in acquiring parkland and developing or redeveloping outdoor recreation facilities in local and community parks throughout the state. All land improved or acquired with assistance from this grant program must be retained and operated solely for outdoor recreation into perpetuity.
Eligible Recreation Facilities:
One or more of the following major recreation facilities must be included in a proposed project:
It is expected that all existing and proposed facilities have accessible walkways to them. Please account for this in your project/budget.
Eligible Recreation Support Facilities:
The following support facilities are also eligible for funding as part of a grant application that contains at least one facility from the eligible recreation facilities list above:
Project design should be compatible with the physical characteristics of the site, consistent with generally accepted engineering and architectural design standards, in accordance with accessibility standards, and minimize risk to the health and safety of users.
All facilities within the park must be designed and available for general public use and open during typical park hours. This includes restrooms, picnic shelters, campgrounds, playgrounds, and other structures. For parks that include marina or campground facilities, an appropriate percentage of the berths/campground spaces must be available for short-term rental and an equitable method of allocating long-term rentals shall be used. All personal property must be removed at the end of each use season.
All facilities improved with this grant project must meet current Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards. For a list of critical components of the park that must be accessible to persons with disabilities, see: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/grants/recreation/outdoor_rec/fy23-or-manual.pdf#page=11
GrantWatch ID#: 169443
- The smallest grant is $10,000 for a total project cost of $20,000.
- The maximum grant award is $300,000. Grants are reimbursed up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs.
The project start date will be the fall of 2022 or later depending on requirements for environmental resources, historical and archeological resources, and federal approval, if applicable. All work must be completed by June 30, 2024. Most funding does not allow for a project extension beyond this date. Applicants should focus on projects that will be completed during the 2023 construction season.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the application, email a pdf version of the application and attachments to:
Grants Specialist Coordinator
Southern MN, East Metro
Mai Neng Moua
Grants Specialist Coordinator
Northern MN, West Metro
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
Saint Paul, MN 55155
DNR Information Center, 1-888-646-6367
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