The LCCMR is made up of 17 members: 5 Senators, 5 Representatives, 5 citizens appointed by the governor, 1 citizen appointed by the Senate, and 1 citizen appointed by the House. The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). These projects help maintain and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources. The LCCMR developed from a program initiated in 1963. Since 1963, approximately $900 million has been appropriated to more than 2,000 projects recommended to the legislature by the Commission to protect and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources.
Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF):
In 1988, 77% of Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing the ENRTF (Article XI, Sec. 14) - a constitutionally dedicated fund that originates from a combination of Minnesota State Lottery proceeds and investment income. The purpose of the ENRTF is to provide a long-term, consistent, and stable source of funding for activities that protect, conserve, preserve, and enhance Minnesota's "air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources" for the benefit of current citizens and future generations. Since 1991, the ENRTF has provided approximately $500 million to approximately 1,000 projects around the state.
For the FY 2020 and FY 2021 biennium (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021), approximately $59 million is available each year for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. As of April 11, 2018, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) received 273 proposals requesting a total of approximately $191 million. This RFP process is for funding beginning July 1, 2019.
LCCMR reviews and evaluates all proposals against their 10 adopted evaluation criteria. On June 5, members selected a subset of 110 high-ranking proposals to invite for presentation before the LCCMR on June 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27 in order to receive further consideration. On July 17-18, LCCMR then makes final selection and funding allocation decisions. These selected projects are presented to the 2019 Minnesota Legislature as the official LCCMR recommendations for spending from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Visit the M.L. 2019 Proposal & Funding Process page for more information. Check the LCCMR schedule for the most up-to-date information and important process dates.
On May 20, 2018 the legislature adopted 65 LCCMR recommendations, including three with reduced amounts, one with an increased amount, and two added appropriations. On May 30, 2018, 67 appropriations totaling $45,828,000 were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2018, Chapter 214, Article 4 and Article 6, for appropriations in FY18 ($89,000) and FY19 ($45,739,000). The appropriations are the result of the LCCMR's 2018 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 217 proposals requesting a total of approximately $183 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. Visit the M.L. 2018 Proposal & Funding Process page for more information or for updates on activities and schedules.
The 2015 Legislature appropriated $1,000,000 into the LCCMR's Emerging Issues Account authorized under M.S. 116P.08, Subd. 4. These funds can be allocated to efforts addressing an unexpected and urgent need in an expedited manner. For more information see the LCCMR's Emerging Issues Account Procedures or contact LCCMR staff.
Interactive mapping tool for Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund funded fee title and conservation easement land acquisitions going back to calendar year 2005. The map can be used to locate parcels and get parcel details.
You can receive email notifications about LCCMR meetings, announcements, and publications (e.g. "Request for Proposal). The email notifications are sent to subscribers through a listserv. To receive these email notifications, please subscribe to the list.