Annual Grant Program

What type of project could I do with an Annual Grant?

Your project must be conducted in Minnesota’s coastal area, be action-oriented, and align with one of the following categories and goals (of the national Coastal Zone Management Act):

  • Coastal Habitat: Protect the coastal areas’ natural resources and habitats including wetlands, forests, beaches and fish
  • Coastal Hazards: Protect lives and property in the coastal area by minimizing risk to hazards such as storms, flooding and erosion
  • Water Quality: Safeguard and restore water quality in Lake Superior and area streams
  • Public Access: Improve public access to Minnesota’s coastal area
  • Coastal Community Development: Help communities manage development or preserve the historic, cultural and aesthetic features of Lake Superior and its coast
  • Coordination and Public Involvement: Collect, analyze, synthesize and share information and research results that will lead to better land and water use decisions in the coastal area or engage the public in critical government decision

What activities are ineligible for Annual Grant funds?

  • Creation of wetlands or other habitat required as a condition of a permit or any other regulatory action
  • Projects at wetland mitigation banks
  • Maintenance and/or purchase of recreational equipment
  • Harbor dredging
  • Warehouse demolition
  • Breakwater construction
  • Large-scale hard structure erosion control projects
  • Beach re-nourishment
  • Building marinas
  • Infrastructure projects related to road, water and sewer line construction
  • Improvements to buildings for rental, lodging or private property

Which entities are eligible to receive an Annual Grant?

  • Cities, townships and counties within the coastal area
  • Area-wide agencies
  • Regional planning agencies
  • State agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Public school districts in the coastal area
  • Conservation districts
  • Port authorities
  • Tribal governments
  • Joint powers boards
  • Sanitary sewer boards

Are applications being accepted?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.
Approximately $450,000 is available for grants with funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management.
The deadline for applications is Monday, January 25, 2016.


Who can I contact if I have questions?

Attend the North Shore Grantwriters’ Workshop sponsored by the Two Harbors Area Fund and the Cook County Community Fund Affiliate Boards.  MLSCP will be there with other funders to provide grant opportunities and application tips.  Registration is required:

  • Grantwriter’s Workshop in Two Harbors: January 14, 10am – 11:30am. Lake County Law Enforcement Center (613 Third Avenue, Two Harbors).
  • Grantwriter’s Workshop in Grand Marais:  January 19, noon-1:30pm. Cook County Higher Ed Campus (300 Third Street, Grand Marais).

Can’t make it to the Workshop?  Consider bringing your ideas or drafts to Cynthia (Grant’s Specialist). 


  • Walk-in Help in Duluth:  January 14, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. MPCA Small Conference Room, (Paulucci Building, 525 Lake Avenue South.  Suite 400, Duluth)
  • Walk-in Help in Grand Marais:  January 19, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. MN DNR, (1356 Hwy 61 E. Grand Marais)

You can direct your questions to Cynthia Poyhonen, Grants Specialist at 218-834-1447 or

Resources for Grantees