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2017 Proposal & Funding Process - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

2017 Proposal & Funding Process

STATUS: The LCCMR selected 69 projects to recommend to the 2017 Minnesota Legislature to collectively receive $59.1 million in funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The recommendations came from the LCCMR's 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 195 proposals requesting a total of approximately $159.6 million were received, and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation. The Legislature adopted 63 of the recommendations, including 59 without any changes and 4 at a decreased dollar amount; deleted 7 of the appropriations; and added 2 new appropriations for a total of 65 appropriations totaling $64,250,000.On 05/30/2017, 65 appropriations totaling $64,250,000, were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2017, Chapter 96. Check the LCCMR schedule for the most up-to-date information on important process dates.


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CONTENTS

M.L. 2017 Project Appropriations

Funding appropriations for 65 projects were adopted by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by the Governor:

  • Print-ready PDF list of the M.L. 2017 projects adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.
  • Summary of appropriations and expected outcomes

2017 Project Recommendations

At its meetings on July 12-13, 2016, the LCCMR selected 69 projects (Allocation Spreadsheet) (Recommendations) for its 2017 funding recommendations totaling $59.1 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 195 proposals requesting a total of approximately $159.6 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation process. The recommendations range from full funding for the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements and partial dollar amounts requested. The LCCMR will meet in November and December to finalize its funding recommendations package before the recommendations are submitted to the 2017 Minnesota Legislature for review and approval.

2017 Proposals Received and Selected to Present

PROPOSALS RECEIVED AND SELECTED TO PRESENT THUS FAR CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

195 proposals requesting a total of approximately $159.6 million were received. This RFP process is for funding available beginning July 1, 2017. For that period, approximately $50 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is currently expected to be available to recommend for project funding. The LCCMR will be reviewing, evaluating, and ranking all proposals received. On June 7-8, 2016, the LCCMR is scheduled to select a subset of proposals to receive further consideration and to invite to present before the Commission. Proposal presentations for those invited are scheduled to occur June 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29 - dates are as needed depending on the number of proposals selected to present to the Commission.

2017 Request for Proposal (RFP)

2017 RFP: Download PDF

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS CLOSED.

Thank you for your interest in the LCCMR's 2017 Request for Proposal. The deadline for submission of most proposals (see "Extended Deadline" below) was 4:30 PM on 03/21/16 and has now passed. Most proposals are no longer being accepted.

2017 Process Timeline

The expected proposal and funding process timeline for the 2017 RFP is detailed below. Specific dates will be announced as they become available.

DATE RANGE ACTIVITY or EVENT
December 2 & 10, 2015 - Funding priorities were determined and 2017 RFP was adopted.
December 15, 2015 - 2017 RFP issued.
March 11, 2016 - Last day to submit draft proposals for LCCMR staff review.
March 21, 2016 - Standard submission deadline for proposals responding to 2017 RFP.
June 26, 2016 - Extended submission deadline - per M.L. 2016, Ch. 186, Sec., Subd. 19 - for proposals of $750,000 or more responding to 2017 RFP.
Spring, 2016 - All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking.
June 7-8, 2016 - A subset of high-ranking proposals selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR.
June 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, & 29, 2016 - Selected proposals present before the LCCMR.
July 12-13, 2016 - Subset of proposals selected to recommend to the legislature for funding based on consistency with funding priorities and total dollars available.
August - October, 2016 - Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work plans for LCCMR staff review.
- Research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review.
November 15 & December 6, 2016 - Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the legislature.
January-May, 2017 - 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 TBD, 2017 - LCCMR approves work plans for projects funded.
July 1, 2017 - Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and projects can begin.


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