DNR accepting applications for coastal program grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Approximately $400,000 is available for grants with funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management. The deadline for applications is Jan. 30.

Grant requests can range from $10,000 to $100,000. Applicants must provide 25 percent or 50 percent of the total project costs from a non-federal source; the amount varies depending on the grant request. Eligible projects must align with at least one of the six following categories: coastal habitat, coastal hazards, water quality, public access, coastal community development or coordination and public involvement. Projects must take place within Minnesotas coastal area.

Cities in the area include Beaver Bay, Carlton, Duluth, Grand Marais, Hermantown, Proctor, Scanlon, Silver Bay, Thomson, Two Harbors and Wrenshall. Townships in the coastal area include Beaver Bay, Canosia, Crystal Bay, Duluth, Grand Lake, Lakewood, Lutsen, Midway, Rice Lake, Schroeder, Silver Brook, Silver Creek, Thomson, Tofte and Twin Lakes.Local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, area-wide agencies, regional planning agencies, colleges and universities, public school districts, port authorities, tribal governments, joint powers boards and sanitary sewer districts are also eligible to apply.

This is a really great opportunity, said Amber Westerbur, program manager for Minnesotas Lake Superior Coastal Program. These grants are specially designed to help communities, agencies and organizations solve issues that impact Lake Superior and its coast.

Application information is available at www.mndnr.gov/mlscp. Questions may be directed to Cynthia Poyhonen, grants specialist, at 218-834-1447.

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