Regional Park Grants

Note: There is no funding currently available for regional park grants. However, the program remains in place in the event that there is funding available in the future.

Program purpose

To provide grants to local units of government to support parks of regional or statewide significance. Funding for this grant program is from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects include acquisition, development, improvement, and restoration of park facilities of regional or statewide significance. All park projects must meet requirements for perpetual outdoor recreational use.

Eligible applicants

Cities, counties, and townships outside of the seven county metropolitan area as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2.

Multi-organization collaboration is not required for this program.

Level of assistance

A maximum of 60% of the total eligible project costs. Applicants must be able to fund at least 40% of the total project costs. The local share can consist of cash or the value of materials, labor and equipment usage by the local sponsor or by donations or any combination thereof. Costs must be incurred and paid for before reimbursement can be made. Applicants are eligible to receive more than one grant. Significant progress must be completed on active projects before an additional proposal can be submitted. Project costs become eligible for reimbursement once a contract agreement is established between the DNR and the grantee.

The minimum grant award is $20,000. Grant funding available:

  • FY 2013 funds: $333,333.

Funding priorities

Priority for park project funding will be given to projects that address the priorities outlined in the Parks and Trails Legacy plan. Consideration will also be given to the design of the proposed project and existing park facilities. Project design should be compatible with the physical characteristics of the site, consistent with generally accepted engineering and architectural design standards, in accordance with accessibility standards and minimize risk to the health and safety of users.

Grant awards

The Department of Natural Resources will review and rank applications during the fall of 2012. Grant awards will be announced in the fall/winter of 2012.

Project period

All work funded with FY 2013 appropriations must be completed no later than June 30, 2014.

How to apply

Applications are not currently being accepted for this program.

Contact information

Park grants contacts

Audrey Mularie, Southern Minnesota, North Metro
[email protected] or 651-259-5549

Joe Hiller, Northern Minnesota, South Metro
[email protected] or 651-259-5538

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 52
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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