Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund - Proposals due 3/27

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2025 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). Approximately $90 million from the lottery-generated fund is available for projects that aim to protect, conserve, preserve, and enhance Minnesota's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.

The LCCMR is requesting proposals in the following categories:

  1. Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
  2. Water Resources
  3. Environmental Education
  4. Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
  5. Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
  6. Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
  7. Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
  8. Small Projects (under $250,000)

Applicants must submit proposals through the LCCMR’s online proposal and grant management system. Early submissions are encouraged. The 2025 RFP contains an explanation of the LCCMR’s proposal and funding process and instructions for submitting a proposal online. Anyone with a project idea consistent with the RFP may submit a proposal for review by the LCCMR. Lobbying or professional grant-writing experience is not necessary for success.

The release of this RFP begins the competitive process through which the LCCMR selects projects to recommend to the Minnesota Legislature for funding from the ENRTF. Proposals responding to the 2025 RFP are due Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 4:30pm. From May through August 2024, the LCCMR will consider proposals received and make a final selection of projects to include in its recommendations to the Legislature for the 2025 session. Funds for approved projects are available July 1, 2025.

New applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal. LCCMR staff are available on a first-come-first-serve basis to review proposals for clarity, completeness, and eligibility. New applicants will be prioritized for these reviews. For instructions on arranging a review and for more information on the 2025 RFP, visit the 2025 Proposal and Funding Process page on the LCCMR website.