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Nearly $2 million remains for second round of Minnesota's Expedited Conservation Partners grant cycle

ECP grants fund eligible activities that restore or enhance forests, wetlands, prairies or habitat for fish, game and wildlife on public lands and waters in Minnesota.

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ST. PAUL – Nearly $2 million remains for the second round of Expedited Conservation Projects grants, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. The first round in the grant funding cycle recently ended, and the second round is open until Nov. 14, the DNR said.

The ECP grant cycle funds eligible activities that restore or enhance forests, wetlands, prairies or habitat for fish, game and wildlife on public lands and waters in Minnesota. Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $50,000, with a maximum total project cost of $1 million. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply, and a 10% match of non-state funds is required. Apply online by 3 p.m. Nov. 14. Funding for the CPL program comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund , which Minnesota voters approved in November 2008.

The Outdoor Heritage Fund is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of 1% beginning July 1, 2009, and continuing until 2034. The additional sales tax revenue is distributed into four funds as follows: 33% to the Clean Water Fund, 33% to the Outdoor Heritage Fund, 19.75% to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and 14.25% to the Parks and Trails Fund.

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