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2020 Proposal & Funding Process - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

2020 Proposal & Funding Process

2020 Tentative Project Recommendations

As of July 17, 2019, the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has tentatively selected through simple majority 77 projects totaling $61,387,000 to recommend to the 2020 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). A final decision on recommendations is pending. In response to LCCMR's 2020 Request for Proposal (RFP), 290 proposals requesting a total of approximately $203 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi‐stage evaluation. The following tentative recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.

2020 Tentative Project Recommendations

2020 Proposals Selected for Presentations

LCCMR reviews and evaluates all proposals against their 10 adopted evaluation criteria. On June 5, members selected 126 proposals requesting a total of approximately $127 million to invite in for a presentation before the LCCMR on June 17 & June 24-27 in order to receive further consideration. On July 17-18, LCCMR will make final selection and funding allocation decisions. These selected projects will be presented to the 2020 Minnesota Legislature as the official LCCMR recommendations for spending from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Proposals Selected for Presentations

2020 Proposals Received

For the FY 2020 and FY 2021 biennium (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021), approximately $61 million is available each year for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. As of April 15, 2019, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) received 290 proposals requesting a total of approximately $203 million. This RFP process is for funding beginning July 1, 2020.

LCCMR reviews and evaluates all proposals against their 10 adopted evaluation criteria. On June 5-6, members will select a subset of high-ranking proposals to invite for presentation before the LCCMR on June 17-18 & 24-27 in order to receive further consideration. On July 17-18, LCCMR will make final selection and funding allocation decisions. These selected projects will be presented to the 2020 Minnesota Legislature as the official LCCMR recommendations for spending from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Proposals Received

2020 Request for Proposal (RFP)

DRAFT DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, March 15, 2019, 4:30 PM
STANDARD DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:30 PM

The LCCMR's 2020 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund was issued on January 3, 2019. This RFP is for funds that will become available on July 1, 2020.

2020 RFP

Below are links to the online submission form and downloadable templates for required proposal sections (see the RFP for more information).

Information Session on LCCMR's RFP

In 2018, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) held an online informational session for those interested in learning more about applying for funds in response to its 2019 Request for Proposals. The presentation and a recording of the webinar are still relevant to the 2020 RFP and are available:

RFP Presentation RFP Presentation

2020 Process Timeline

The expected proposal and funding process timeline for the 2020 RFP is detailed below. Check the LCCMR schedule for the most up-to-date information on important process dates.

DATE RANGE ACTIVITY or EVENT
January 3, 2019 Issue 2020 Request for Proposal (RFP)
March 15, 2019 Last day to submit draft proposals for LCCMR staff review
April 15, 2019 Final submission deadline for proposals responding to 2020 RFP
Summer 2019 All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking
June 5 & 6, 2019 A subset of high-ranking proposals selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR
June 17-18 & 24-27, 2019 Selected proposals present before the LCCMR
July 2019 Subset of proposals selected for recommendation to the legislature for funding
August-September 2019 Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work plans for LCCMR staff review and research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review
November-December 2019 Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the legislature
January-May, 2020

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 2020 LCCMR approves work plans for projects funded
July 2020 Minnesota DNR sends grant agreements to non- state agencies receiving ENRTF funds
July 1, 2020 Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and projects can begin
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