The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has $7,493,850 of available funding to provide grants to local units of government to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. Eligible projects include acquisition, development, improvement and restoration of park and trail facilities. All park projects must meet requirements for perpetual outdoor recreational use. Trail acquisition projects require a perpetual easement for recreational purposes. Trail development projects require a 20-year maintenance commitment by the project sponsor.
The US Department of Agriculture Rural Development has allocated an estimated $5.6 million to the Rural Community Development Initiative to intermediary applicants which will provide financial and technical assistance to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations. The program will also support low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas. Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be used for (but are not limited to):
The gavel fell on Minnesota’s legislature at 11:59pm on May 20; many bills we were tracking were not voted on but may be readdressed next year when the Minnesota Legislature begins February 25, 2014. The two remaining bills we were waiting on last week were signed into law by [Governor Mark Dayton]. The bills include:
Minnesota’s Legislature wrapped up its 88th legislative session one minute before the mandatory sine die of midnight, May 21, 2013. Several bills KLJ’s Government Relations Group were monitoring include topics involving transportation, Angel Investment Funds, local government aid formula, renewable energy and funding sources which will benefit water, sewer, bridge and other infrastructure in Minnesota communities. Governor Mark Dayton has until Saturday to either approve or veto bills which passed through legislation.