Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program

Division of Ecological and Water Resources (Waters)

Minnesota's Coastal Program Grants

Every year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) offers grants to help communities, agencies, and organizations solve issues that impact Lake Superior and its coast.  We provide two types of grants:

MNDNR awards the grant funds through a competitive process.  Funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  A 1:1 match is required for all grants.  MNDNR will distribute funds on a reimbursement basis (after costs have been incurred).

Since 2001, the MNDNR has awarded more than $12.5 million for coastal program projects.

We are currently accepting applications for our STAR Grants.

What type of project could I do with a grant?

Your project must be located 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):

What activities are ineligible for grant funds?

Which entities are eligible to receive a grant?

Are you accepting applications?

We are currently accepting applications for STAR grants.


The 2017 Annual Notice of Grant Opportunity closed on December 12, 2016.

If you are applying for funds for a construction or land acquisition project, please review the NOAA Section 306A Guidance as you will be responsible for completing the required documentation.

Grant Application Guidance


Applications must be emailed to mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us by 3:00 pm on May 1, 2017 for a September 1 start date.  Download the STAR Notice of Grant Opportunity for more information and application instructions.  You will need to submit a completed STAR Grant Application Cover Sheet with your application. 
Activities that involve moving dirt or destroying vegetation are not eligible for STAR Grant funds.  For example, you cannot erect signs, plant plants, pull invasive species, or build boardwalks or trails.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

You can direct your questions to Cynthia Poyhonen, Grants Specialist at 218-834-1447 or cynthia.poyhonen@state.mn.us.

Resources for Grantees