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Preparing for EAB Grants - due 8/9

Eligible Applicants:
All local units of government within Minnesota are eligible, including cities, counties, regional authorities, joint powers boards, towns, Tribal nations, and parks and recreation boards in cities of the first class.
Priority will be given to:

  • Communities who have staff, who plan to certify their staff during the grant period, or who will contract with companies with staff with professional tree care credentials
  • Projects removing and replacing ash trees that pose significant public safety concerns
  • Projects that benefit underserved populations and areas of concern for environmental justice

Eligible Activities:

  • Public tree inventories
  • Developing a management plan that includes an EAB component
  • Tree and stump removal and tree replacement

Project Timeline:
Application Available: Monday, July 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, August 9, 2021

Match Requirement:
Applications must include a 25% match of total project funds. Match can be in-kind, cash match, or both.

Application Procedures:
After reading through the Request for Applications, complete all parts of the application found online. Email completed application to ucf.dnr@state.mn.us (only emailed applications will be accepted). Applications must be received by Monday, August 9, 2021, to be considered eligible for funding.

Selection Process:
DNR's Urban & Community Forestry Team will review and evaluate grant applications, and prioritize proposals. The UCF Grants Steering Committee will recommend projects and award amounts. DNR will review all committee recommendations and is responsible for final award decisions. Grantees will be notified by August 30, 2021.

Questions:
A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be available online. FAQs will be updated weekly with questions received through July 30, 2021. Direct questions to ucf.dnr@state.mn.us.

Learn more and Apply

Post on: 07/08/2021

CERTs Seed Grants - due 10/8

Every two years, CERTs seeks seed grant applications for clean energy projects. They have awarded over $1.3M to 393 projects since 2006. Could yours be next?

CERTs is accepting applications through October 8, 2021 for clean energy projects that:

  • Encourage community-based clean energy projects in each Minnesota CERT region. Clean energy projects include those related to energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and energy storage.
  • Spur projects that are highly visible in their community and can be replicated by others
  • Provide an opportunity for community education about clean energy and its many benefits

Catalyze a project in your community! Learn more and apply: cleanenergyresourceteams.org/seedgrants

Post on: 07/07/2021

Diesel on-road & heavy duty EV replacement Grant - due 8/9

Apply now for a grant for replacing heavy-duty diesel vehicles with electric or other, cleaner models. Funding is split into two pools:

  • $3.5 million will support organizations making the switch to electric vehicles/equipment
  • $1.7 million will fund new vehicles powered by diesel, propane, natural gas, and fuel/electric hybrids

See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match requirements for eligible vehicle types, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

  • Application deadline: August 9, 2021
  • Total funding: Approximately $5.2 million

Learn More and Apply

Post on: 05/27/2021

Webinar Series: FEMA funding- 7/28-10/13

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Webinar Series.

The 2021 BRIC and FMA Programs’ Webinar Series will bring FEMA subject-matter experts and partners together to provide technical information, best practices, tools and resources regarding these grant programs. There will also be a review of the fiscal year 2021 Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for BRIC and FMA.

The webinars are designed for leaders in states, local communities, tribes and territories, as well as private sector entities, private non-profit organizations, and individuals interested in learning more about the BRIC and FMA grant programs and strategies for how to apply for them.

FEMA will coordinate with the regional offices to host "office hours" for states, tribes and territories to answer questions about subapplications for the Fiscal year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance grants.

Learn more and access the webinars

Post on: 07/22/2021

MN Wetland Professional Certification Program - July-Oct.

Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program

MWPCP 2021 Training Course Schedule

  • July 22 - Regulation and Delineation Regional Training, Rochester
  • July 28 - Regulation and Delineation Regional Training, Alexandria
  • Aug 26 - Wetland Delineation Refresher Course, Maple Lake
  • Sept 13-17 - Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class, Brainerd
  • Sept 20-24 - Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class, Brainerd
  • Oct 4-8 - Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class, Arden Hills

 Technical Training & Certification Program Trainings

 Tech Talk WebinarsMondays at 1:00 pm

  • July 19 - Roof Runoff Structure (CPS 558): Gutters
  • July 26 - Environmental Markets 101
  • August 2 - Windbreak Fundamentals (CPS380)
  • August 9 - Managing GIS Layers
  • August 16 - Windbreak Planning Considerations (CPS380)
  • August 23 - Livestock Pipeline Project Example

July 27-Aug 5 - Conservation Planning Course, Online and Field

Related Partner Training Opportunities

Extended Training Opportunities

Through October 22

Silvopasture Workshops and Field Days, Sustainable Farming Association

Through December 31

MinnFARM, Self-Paced Online Training, UMN Extension

Post on: 07/15/2021

BWSR Academy - 10/26-28

MN Board of Water and Soil Resources Conference

October 26-28 

Craguns's - Brainerd, MN 

Learn more and Register

Related to: Training, Education, Water
Post on: 07/15/2021

Transportation and Land Use Climate Survey

Share your perspective as we shape state efforts to reduce the transportation sector's impact on climate change! The Minnesota Climate Change Subcabinet (created under Executive Order 19-37) is gathering input from Minnesotans to identify near-term actions we can take to combat the climate crisis. Please considering sharing your thoughts by completing a 10-minute survey and share it with your network.

Input from this survey, which is focused on exploring transportation and land use strategies to reduce carbon pollution, will help shape upcoming engagement opportunities and will be incorporated into an upcoming Climate Action Framework, which will map out what it will take for Minnesota to be carbon neutral, resilient, and equitable. 

Please contact Nissa Tupper at Nissa.tupper@state.mn.us with questions.

Post on: 07/14/2021

Webinar 7/27: USGBC + Municipal Government Leadership Forum

USGBC + Municipal Government Leadership Forum

Register Here

Tue, Jul 27, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

Free for Elected Officials and Local Government Staff

USGBC has a suite of resources to help local governments on the path to a more sustainable, resilient, healthy and just future – while simultaneously addressing the responsibility to use taxpayer dollars both wisely and transparently. We are committed to supporting elected and appointed officials, staff, and advocates with a wide range of high-performance-building and sustainability programs.

Join us at this forum connecting local leaders to our work as we outline our core resources for municipalities. You’ll learn how membership and partnership with USGBC can help you, your local government, and your community’s businesses and residents. Following the presentation, our collaboration circles will connect you with colleagues around the country, and offer space to ask questions and learn from others in a smaller group setting.

Post on: 07/12/2021

Webinar 7/22: The Bad River Band Microgrid

July 22, 1-2pm (CT), online. 

In July of 2016, historic floods inundated the lands of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin and left the tribe without power and without critical services. In May of 2021, the Band flipped the switch on a 500-kilowatt solar array paired with more than 1,000 kilowatt-hours of battery storage. This microgrid starts their journey toward resilience and energy sovereignty.

In this Clean Energy Group webinar, learn how the Band assembled the team necessary to successfully navigate the federal Department of Energy grant process, overcame obstacles created by COVID-19, and built the Ishkonige Nawadide Solar Microgrid Project (“It catches fire” in the Ojibwe Anishinaabemowin language). The microgrid was designed to withstand disasters worse than the floods in 2016, and it provides critical power to the wastewater treatment plant, the Health and Wellness Center, and an Administration Building. The Ishkonige Nawadide Project is Phase I of the Band’s path to complete resilience and energy sovereignty.

Panelists:

  • Dan Wiggins – Tribal Energy Manager for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Bill Bailey, Cheq Bay Renewables
  • Amy Simpkins, muGrid Analytics
  • Tim Zdrazil, Faith Technologies
  • Shelley Robbins, Clean Energy Group (moderator)

Learn more and register

Post on: 07/08/2021

Heart and Soul Seed Grant

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. Developed and field-tested over a decade in partnership with over 90 small cities and towns across America, Community Heart & Soul is a proven process for engaging a community in shaping its future.

Apply for a $10,000 seed grant to get the process started. Requires matching $10,000. No deadline to apply. 

Learn more and apply

Post on: 07/06/2021