MLSCP Grant Program

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.


Do you have questions or want guidance as you write your application?

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)

Phone (218-576-5867) or email ( help is also available.

Focus Areas

Projects must align with at least one the six focus areas of the national Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA):

  • Coastal Habitat
  • Coastal Hazards
  • Water Quality
  • Public Access
  • Coastal Community Development
  • Coordination and Public Involvement


Eligible applicants include:

  • 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
  • Cities, townships and counties within the coastal area
  • Area-wide agencies

Geographic Focus

Projects must be located within Minnesota’s coastal area, which includes:

  • Cities of Wrenshall, Carlton, Cloquet, Scanlon, Thomson, Proctor, Hermantown, Duluth, Rice Lake, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Beaver Bay and Grand Marais.
  • Townships of Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte, Beaver Bay, Crystal Bay, Silver Creek, Canosia, Duluth, Grand Lake, Lakewood, Midway, Silver Brook, Thomson and Twin Lakes.

Grant Types

  • Annual Grants
    • Grants up to $100,000 for projects that can be completed in approximately 15 months
  • Short Term Action Request (STAR) Grants
    • Grants for $2,500 - $7,500 for non-construction projects that can be completed in six months
  • Great Lakes AOC Land Acquisition Grants
    • Land acquisition grants offered directly by NOAA to local governments and state agencies.  Projects need to support the delisting of fish and wildlife habitat-related beneficial use impairments in Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern (AOC).

Grant funds are offered on a competitive basis.  Funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Grant Contact Information

Cynthia Poyhonen

Grants Specialist