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Funded thru the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment 2008 election sales tax 3/8 of one percent. 33% of receipts dedicated to the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF). Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSHOC) recommends projects to the legislature. 2009 and 2010 MN Legislature approved the recommendation to fund this program.
Provide financial support for organizations to collaborate on projects at the local level. Projects are intended to: enhance, restore, and protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, or wildlife in Minnesota.
Public waters added to eligible sites Match requirement has changed Reimbursement payments only Acquisition of lands in public domain All parcels coming to DNR on priority list All parcels coming to DNR include: All IDP work and funding $3,000 LAM fees Revised application system
Total of $4,216,560 for grants $5,000 - $400,000 per request Non-state match required 10% for grant amounts requested under $100,000 15% for grant amounts requested over $100,000 Up to 1/3 can be in-kind resources
Local, regional, state and national non-profit organizations Government entities DNR is eligible but will not apply DNR staff will work with partners to submit applications and complete projects on DNR land
Applications due September 16, 2010 at 5pm If funds remain, applications for a second round will be due February 25, 2011. Announce funded grants in mid-November. Earliest possible start January, 2011 Work must be completed by June 30, 2014.
Restoration and enhancement projects must be done on: Lands under public ownership; Lands under a permanent conservation easement (MN Statute 84C.01, Subd. 1); and Public waters (MN Statute 103G.005, Subd. 15)
Acquisition Fee title Permanent conservation easement Fee title: Must be open to public hunting and fishing during open seasons unless otherwise provided by state law. Easements: Must include provisions for monitoring and enforcing conditions of the easement.
Each parcel must be on DNR’s acquisition priority list DNR Managers should know this but make sure Must have $3,000 included in budget for LAM fees (can be grant funds) Must include Initial Development Plan Work to be completed must be specified Specify funding for all work (can be grant $) Part of Project Review and Approval Form. Work with the Land Manager. Applicant fills in this information on application system.
MN Statute 84C.01, Subd. 2 " Holder" means: (i) a governmental body empowered to hold an interest in real property under the laws of this state or the United States; or (ii) a charitable corporation, charitable association, or charitable trust, the purposes or powers of which include retaining or protecting the natural, scenic, or open-space values of real property, assuring the availability of real property for agricultural, forest, recreational, or open-space use, protecting natural resources, maintaining or enhancing air or water quality, or preserving the historical, architectural, archaeological, or cultural aspects of real property.
Can not use OHF funds to acquire: Land fully or partially owned by state or political subdivision of state. UNLESS Purchase creates additional direct benefit to restore, enhance, protect habitat; and Purchase is approved by at least 9 members of the council
If you want to purchase this type of land, you must get it approved as a CPL grant first CPL staff will work with the Council to get their approval Expect a delay in receiving your grant agreement until this project is fully approved
Land Manager (LM): person responsible for the long-term management of the land that will be acquired or where work will be done. Every parcel of land has a Land Manager. Provides oversight and input (technical assistance) for grant work Does not do the work. Complete the Project Review and Approval form (including a Natural Heritage Review) for the project site. Project (Grant) Manager (PM): person responsible for applying for and managing the grant. Ensures work meets all grant program, legal, and other requirements. Ensures work is completed in a timely manner and as proposed. Is not the Land Manager - coordinates with the Land Manager. Completes all reports according to deadlines.
Initial Development Plan (IDP): lays out the cost, responsibility, and timing of initial work needed to bring new properties up to agency standards. Required for DNR acquisition projects. All costs are eligible as grant funds. Includes both facility and habitat work Match funds: all funds provided by grantee or a partner, as part of the required contributions of non-state origins. This includes in-kind resources that may not be actual cash (supplies, volunteer work, etc.) but have a cash value. Grant Funds: the state funds awarded through this grant program.
Gives agency approval for a project on land that the agency manages. i.e., Forest Service completes for MDHA to work on Forest Service land. Includes Natural Heritage Database review: Captures records of any endangered, threatened or special concern species from within project site. Gives applicant feedback on avoidance/ minimization techniques to complete project. Includes IDP information for DNR acquisitions
Applicant must upload as a PDF with original signature from agency. REQUIRED for all project sites. If the work will be done on lands managed by more than one agencies, multiple forms are required. Applications will be considered incomplete without all necessary forms attached.
All public waters projects need Project Review and Approval Forms from: DNR Area Hydrologist (Division of Waters) DNR Area Fisheries Supervisor and/or DNR Area Wildlife Manager That means at least 2 forms In addition, any agency approval (county, SWCD, USFWS- this depends on applicant) Any application missing the required forms will be considered incomplete Call if confused!!
Begin working ASAP with the Land Managers (DNR, USFWS, USFS, County, etc.) Decide on project to be done Discuss entire project with Land Manager(s) Receive a completed, signed Project Review and Approval form Original signature PDF format One from each Land Manager
Apply online, entire application. New this year: Log-in and password Save progress, return later Map sites by Land Manager Upload Project Review and Approval form Upload all required financial/ easement documentation to system Once submitted, no changes Nothing accepted via email this year
Has four steps Expect to be completed by mid-November Most application information is non-public until the grants have been negotiated with the grantee
Completed by CPL staff after deadline Ensures you followed directions, and met program guidelines Pull all ineligible applications from further review Pull all incomplete applications from further review
Less than $5,000 or more than $400,000 in grant funds requested. Do not meet the requirements of MN Law Chapter 361, Article 1. Apps that include: Legally required mitigation, restoration, compliance to ESA, or court ordered activities. Projects currently receiving direct appropriations or submitted during L-SOHC’s FY2012 Call for Requests. Previously funded projects not in active status are eligible.
One or all Project Review and Approval forms missing. Incomplete or unsigned Project Review and Approval form. Missing financial documentation (if required). Missing easements or other info (if required) Match amount doesn’t meet requirements.
Four committees based on habitat types Forest, prairie, wetland/water, and fish, game and wildlife habitat Comprised of DNR, USFWS, Universities/ Colleges, County, SWCD, BWSR and non-profit staff. Will review each application and score using predetermined criteria Rank and recommend projects to DNR Division Directors
All applications scored 0-9 on each criteria. List of criteria in Program Manual (pg. 17) Come from Legislative and DNR requirements Cover variety of topics from urgency to species diversity Also online; can link to species and landscape plans Application system requires applicants to specifically address each criteria.
Comprised of DNR Division Directors Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Ecological Resources and Chief Financial Officer Attempt to distribute funding evenly: Between all habitat types Above/ below $125,000 grant amount requested Geographically around the state Makes final funding recommendations to DNR Commissioner
The Commissioner must approve all projects that are funded Plan to announce funded grants in mid- November
Sign up for electronic payment Makes it all quicker! Reimbursement only Must submit proof of vendor payment with request Can do limited advances for acquisitions State must pay within 30 days Turnaround has usually been quicker
5 percent holdback on final payments for all grants Includes acquisitions Will be paid in full if final accomplishment report submitted at time of request All paperwork and project requirements must be met
Required for designation of DNR land as: WMA/ AMA SNA Must be obtained before acquisition is complete
All vegetation and seed used in all habitat types: Must be of ecotypes native to Minnesota Preferably of the local ecotype Use high diversity of species originating from as close to the restoration site as possible. Protect existing native prairies, grasslands, forests, wetlands and other aquatic systems from genetic contamination
Read thru all the info on the CPL website, especially: The Project Information page for project details The FY2011 Grantee page for payment and documentation info Read the RFP and Program Manual carefully Start early – don’t wait til the last minute Call with any questions