Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grants to Minnesota municipalities for property development projects that benefit the community in eligible focus areas. Focus Areas include the purchase, creation, expansion, and refurbishment of spaces for public enjoyment. Funding is intended to be used for out-of-doors projects, including the creation of trails, campgrounds, fishing and swimming areas, skating rinks, playgrounds, sport fields and courts.
The Outdoor Recreation Grant Program assists local governments in acquiring parkland and developing or redeveloping outdoor recreation facilities. Applicants are eligible to receive more than one grant provided they are unique parks. All park projects must meet requirements for perpetual outdoor recreation use.
Eligible Recreation Facilities: One or more of the following major recreation facilities must be included in a proposed project:
Eligible Recreation Support Facilities: The following 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:
Support facilities such as restrooms and parking lots can only be funded as part of a larger project that includes a primary recreation facility.
GrantWatch ID#: 169443
The minimum grant award is $10,000 and the maximum grant award is $250,000.
Grants are reimbursed up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs.
Grant agreements generally expire within 24 months and projects must be completed by then. Project start dates may be in the Fall of 2020 or later, depending on the funding available and the project ranking. Funded projects must begin promptly after an agreement has been signed. Projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2022.
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, South 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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