STATUS: For Minnesota's FY 2012-13 biennium (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013), approximately $25.3 million was available each year (Total = $50,656,000) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and a total of $750,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Account (LAWCON). In response to the 2011-12 Request for Proposal (RFP) due April 9, 2010, 241 proposals requesting a total of approximately $163.8 million were received. After full consideration of all proposals received through a competitive, multi-step process, on 07/14/10 the LCCMR selected 92 projects to be included in 87 appropriation recommendations to the 2011 Minnesota Legislature. The Legislature adopted 61 of the recommendations, including 52 without any changes and 9 at a decreased or increased dollar amount; dropped 26 of the recommendations; and added 8 additional appropriations for a total of 69 total appropriations. All 69 appropriations were signed into law (M.L. 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 3) by the Governor on 07/20/11.
Funding appropriations for 74 projects in 69 appropriations were adopted by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by the Governor:
PROPOSALS RECEIVED AND SELECTED TO PRESENT CAN BE VIEWED HERE.
241 proposals requesting a total of approximately $162 million were received. This RFP process is for the biennium (2 years) beginning July 1, 2011. For that period, approximately $52 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is expected to be available to recommend for project funding. Thus requests exceeded dollars available by a ratio of more than 3:1.
On June 9, 2010, the LCCMR selected 105* proposals to invite in to present before the Commission and receive further consideration. Scheduled dates are available here. [*Note: 105 proposals consists of 82 individual proposals plus 2 partnership proposals containing a total of 23 individual sub-proposals (Metro Conservation Corridors, #104-D = 11 individual sub-proposals; Habitat Conservation Partnership, #106-D = 12 individual sub-proposals): 82+23=105.
Deadline to Submit: Friday April 9, 2010 - PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS CLOSED.
Some additional information pertaining to proposal requirements and evaluation criteria is available below.
The proposal and funding process timeline for the 2011-2012 RFP is detailed below. Specific dates will be announced as they become available.
|DATE RANGE||ACTIVITY or EVENT|
|January 12, 2010||- Funding priorities were determined and 2011-2012 RFP was adopted.|
|January 22, 2010||- 2011-2012 RFP issued.|
|April 5, 2010||- Last day to submit draft proposals for LCCMR staff review.|
|April 9, 2010||- Submission deadline for proposals responding to 2010 RFP.|
|May 2010||- All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking.|
|June 3 & 9, 2010||- A subset of high-ranking proposals is selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR.|
|June 22, 23, 29, 30, 2010||- Selected proposals present before the LCCMR.
- Additional presentation dates may be added. Possible dates may include June 21 or 28.
|July 13-14, 2010||- Subset of proposals is selected to recommend to the legislature for funding based on consistency with funding priorities and total dollars available.|
|August-October, 2010||- Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work programs for LCCMR staff review.
- Research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review.
|November 18 & December 8, 2010||- Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the legislature.|
|January-May, 2011||- LCCMR recommendations presented to the legislature for consideration via introduction as an appropriations bill.
- Bill is considered and acted upon by the Minnesota House and Senate.
- Upon passage, the bill goes before the governor to be signed into law.
|June 23, 2011||- LCCMR approves work programs for projects funded.|
|July 1, 2011||- Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and projects can begin.|