Metro Grant Cycle

Thank you for your interest in the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. All CPL funds for 2024 have been awarded, and the application system has closed. The application system will re-open on August 1, 2024, to accept applications for the first round of New Applicant, Traditional, Metro, and Expedited Conservation Project awards. For reference, the updated request for proposals and full funding schedule and best practices for CPL applicants documents will remain available here for review in preparation for next year.

  • Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and government entities
  • Projects must occur on public lands or waters or lands protected by a permanent conservation easement
  • Projects must occur within the 7 county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties) or within the city limits of Duluth, Rochester or St. Cloud
  • Competitive grants evaluated with the CPL Evaluation Criteria Table
  • Grants from $5,000-$500,000 with a 10% non-state match requirement and a total project cost cap of $1,000,000.
  • Projects that protect, restore or enhance forests, wetlands, prairies & habitat for fish, game and wildlife in Minnesota
  • Protection projects include fee title and permanent conservation easement acquisitions
    • Land acquired in fee must be open to all seasons of hunting and fishing
  • Up to 2 rounds of funding (if funding remains from the 1st round).

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*A signed Land Manager Review and Approval Form is a required attachment for all applications. The Public Waters Project Form must also be completed and attached if any work will involve public waters.

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