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

2017 Proposal & Funding Process

M.L. 2017 Project Appropriations

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

Project Appropriations Print-ready PDF list Summary of appropriations and expected outcomes

2017 Project Recommendations

At its meetings on July 12-13, 2016, the LCCMR selected 69 projects. An Allocation Spreadsheet and recommednations 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.

Project Recommendations Allocation Spreadsheet 195 Proposals

2017 Proposals Received and Selected to Present

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.

Proposals Selected for Presentation

2017 Request for Proposal (RFP)

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 RFP

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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