DNR accepting applications for coastal area STAR grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications by Friday, Sept. 1, for short-term action request (STAR) funding for projects in Minnesota’s coastal area. These grants, offered through Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, help local communities, agencies and organizations balance protection of coastal resources while providing places for people to live, work and play. 

STAR grants offer up to $7,500 in funding for eligible, short-term projects located within the coastal program service area in northeastern Minnesota. This year, applicants must provide minimum match of 20 percent of the total project cost. Grant recipients may choose a start date of March 1, Sept. 1, or Dec. 1, 2018, and must complete project work within six months.

Eligible projects must align with at least one of the following categories: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Hazards, Water Quality, Public Access, Coastal Community Development, or Coordination and Public Involvement. Local and state governments, non-profit organizations, area-wide agencies, regional planning agencies, colleges and universities, public school districts, port authorities, tribal governments, joint powers boards and sanitary sewer districts are eligible to apply.

Currently, $77,000 is available for STAR grants with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management, as approved by the National Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

Program application information is available at mndnr.gov/mlscp. For more information, contact Cynthia Poyhonen, grants specialist, at 218-834-1447 or send questions by email to mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us.