DNR accepting applications for coastal area grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Lake Superior Coastal Program. 

About $450,000 will be available for projects to begin after Sept. 1, 2018. Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 30. Funding for these grants is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management.

The priority in 2018 is on protecting lives and property across the entire coastal area by minimizing risk from natural hazards such as storms, flooding and erosion. The priority also includes addressing hazardous situations at coastal public access sites.

Projects that positively impact the natural, economic, recreational or cultural resources of Minnesota’s coastal area are also eligible for funding. The coastal area covers portions of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties and the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior. Local, state and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, area-wide and regional planning agencies, colleges and universities, public school districts, port authorities, joint powers boards, and sanitary sewer districts are eligible to apply.

Grant requests can vary from $10,000 to $100,000. Applicants must provide 50 percent of the total project costs from a non-federal source.

“Minnesota’s coastal area is an economic driver, important natural resource and recreational draw for residents and visitors alike,” said Amber Westerbur, coastal program manager. “By focusing our efforts on protecting lives and property through hazard mitigation, we can engage our local partners in finding local solutions that fit shared needs.”

Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program has dispersed more than $12 million in grants to more than 500 projects since 1999. Recent grant awards have funded projects such as updating community stormwater management plans and improving scientific understanding of coastal forest seeds for improved adaptive management.

Application materials and additional details are available at www.mndnr.gov/mlscp. Questions about the grant process can be directed to Amber Westerbur, program manager, at 218-834-1445 or mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us.

For more information about Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, visit www.mndnr.gov/mlscp.