STATUS: The 2009 LCCMR recommendations were adopted by the legislature on May 17, 2009. On May 22, the Governor signed the bill into law (M.L. 2009, Chapter 143), with the exception of two projects that were line-item vetoed. $25.7 million*, primarily from Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, has been appropriated to 63 individual projects around the state (*All of the $418,000 that had been allocated for the two vetoed projects will now remain within the Trust Fund). Pending work program approval by the LCCMR in June, funding becomes available to projects on July 1, 2009.
$25.7 million, primarily from Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, has been appropriated to 63 individual projects around the state. Detailed work programs for all projects will be accessible here in June 2009.
SUMMARY OF EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOMES
The 2009 RFP was issued in two phases:
Over the course of two phases, 146 individual proposals requesting a total of approximately $105.3 million were received. Approximately $26.1 million was available for 2009 funding ($25.6 million - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund; $66,000 - Great Lakes Protection Account; $400,000 - Land and Water Conservation Fund) - thus requests exceeded dollars available by a ratio of more than 4:1. After full consideration of all proposals received, on 12/10/08 the LCCMR made funding recommendations for 32 appropriations containing 65 individual projects. These recommendations ranged from full funding for the full project and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific project elements and partial dollar amount requested.
The 2009 proposal and funding process timeline is detailed below.
|DATES||ACTIVITY or EVENT|
|June 11, 2008||- Phase 1 funding priorities were determined and Phase 1 RFP was adopted.|
|July 18, 2008||- Phase 2 funding priorities were determined and Phase 2 RFP was adopted.|
|August 25, 2008||- Proposal deadline for Phase 1 proposals. 56* proposals requesting a total of $49,840,654 were received (*19 proposals plus 2 partnership proposals made up of a total of 37 sub-proposals: 19+37=56). Proposals were distributed to LCCMR members for review and evaluation.|
|September 23-24, 2008||- Phase 1 proposals were presented before the LCCMR. All Phase 1 proposers were invited ongoing projects that had received previous support from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and all were provided the opportunity to present before the Commission.|
|October 1, 2008||- Proposal deadline for Phase 2 proposals. 89 proposals requesting a total of $54,039,047 were received. Proposals were distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking.|
|November 21, 2008||- A selection of high-ranking Phase 2 proposals were chosen to present before the LCCMR. 34 of the 89 Phase 2 proposals received were selected.|
|December 2 & 9, 2008||- Selected Phase 2 proposals presented before the LCCMR.|
|December 10, 2008||- A package of Phase 1 and Phase 2 proposals were selected to receive a funding recommendation to the legislature. Out of the total 146 proposals received, 65 proposals were chosen to be recommended to receive some portion of the $26.1 million available ($25.6 million - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund; $66,000 Great Lakes Protection Account; $400,000 - Land and Water Conservation Fund). These 65 proposals were combined and incorporated into 32* distinct projects (*30 projects plus 2 partnership projects made up of a total of 35 sub-projects: 30+35=65) for presentation to the legislature.|
|January 9 & 16, 2009||- Funding recommendations in legislative bill format were reviewed and adopted for submission to the Legislature.|
|January 2009||- LCCMR recommendations presented to the legislature for consideration via introduction as S.F. 1012 and in the House as H.F. 2049.|
|January-April, 2009||- Research projects recommended for funding underwent peer review.|
|May 17, 2009||- 2009 LCCMR recommendations bill was adopted by the Minnesota House and Senate.|
|May 22, 2009||- 2009 LCCMR recommendations bill signed into law by Minnesota Governor, with the exception of two projects that were line item vetoed.|
|April-May, 2009||- Recommended projects requested to prepare and submit detailed work programs for their project.|
|June 16 & 24, 2009||- LCCMR approves work programs for projects funded.|
|July 1, 2009||- Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and 2009 projects can begin.|