Metro Grant Cycle

The application system will open on Aug. 1, 2023, for round one of Traditional CPL, Metro CPL, and New Applicant CPL, and will close at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2023. Please review updated request for proposals and full funding schedule and best practices for CPL applicants prior to submitting your application.

  • 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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