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Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources


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 $1.0 billion has been appropriated to more than 2,400 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)

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund logo

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 $875 million to nearly 1,800 projects around the state.

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 116P

2025 Request for Proposal (RFP)

DEADLINE: Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 4:30 PM

The LCCMR's 2025 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund was issued on January 3, 2024. Approximately $90 million is available from the lottery-generated fund through this RFP for projects beginning July 1, 2025.

All proposals must be submitted through the LCCMR Proposal and Grant Management System. No proposals submitted as PDFs, Word, or Excel files will be accepted. Please register for an account early to avoid any last minute issues.

2025 RFP LCCMR Proposal and Grant Management System 2025 Funding Process

2024 Project Recommendations

As of July 20, 2023, the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 101 projects totaling $79,644,000 to recommend to the 2024 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). In response to LCCMR’s 2024 Request for Proposal (RFP), 218 proposals requesting a total of approximately $174 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi‐stage evaluation. The following recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.

2024 Project Recommendations

2023 Appropriations

On May 18, 2023, the Legislature approved 85 projects for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and the Great Lakes Protection Account (GLPA), as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Legislature also added one additional appropriation using unspent funds from a previous project. On May 24, 2023, the 86 appropriations were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2023, Chapter 60, Article 2, with $79,644,000 from the ENRTF, $176,000 recaptured from a prior fiscal year, and $189,000 from the GLPA, for $80,009,000 in total appropriations.

2023 ENRTF Appropriations 2023 Proposal & Funding Process

LCCMR Biennial Report to the Legislature

The LCCMR biennial report as required in M.S. 116P.09, Subd. 7 from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) due January 15, 2023 is available. The report covers LCCMR actions from Jan. 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022, including summaries of past funding accomplishments and new recommendations for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

2023 LCCMR Biennial Report

Emerging Issues Account

The 2021 Legislature made 3 appropriations for the LCCMR's Emerging Issues Account: (1) M.L. 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 5, 10 for $1,095,000 (for renewable energy demonstration projects at wastewater treatment facilities); (2) M.L. 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 5, 20c for $393,000; and (3) M.L. 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 6, 10c for $233,000. These appropriations are authorized under M.S. 116P.08, Subd. 4 and can be allocated to efforts addressing an unexpected and urgent need in an expedited manner.

Emerging Issues Account

LCCMR Strategic Planning

  • LCCMR Six-Year Strategic Plan for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund - revised and adopted on December 10, 2013; readopted on July 1, 2020
  • ENRTF Strategic Planning Process Report - created by Minnesota Management and Budget, Management Analysis and Development on December 26, 2019
  • Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan - completed on June 30, 2008. An integrated inventory and assessment of Minnesota's environment and natural resources that provides recommendations for addressing critical issues and trends impacting them.

LCCMR Six-Year Strategic Plan ENRTF Strategic Planning Process Report Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan

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