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M.L. 2011 Proposal & Funding Process - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

M.L. 2011 Proposal & Funding Process

M.L. 2011 Project Appropriations

For Minnesota's FY 2012-13 biennium (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013), approximately $25.3 million was available each year (Total = $50,656,000) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and a total of $750,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Account (LAWCON). In response to the 2011-12 Request for Proposal (RFP) due April 9, 2010, 241 proposals requesting a total of approximately $163.8 million were received. After full consideration of all proposals received through a competitive, multi-step process, on 07/14/10 the LCCMR selected 92 projects to be included in 87 appropriation recommendations to the 2011 Minnesota Legislature. The Legislature adopted 61 of the recommendations, including 52 without any changes and 9 at a decreased or increased dollar amount; dropped 26 of the recommendations; and added 8 additional appropriations for a total of 69 total appropriations. All 69 appropriations were signed into law (M.L. 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 3) by the Governor on 07/20/11.

Project Appropriations Table of all appropriations Summary of appropriations and expected outcomes

2011-2012 Project Recommendations

92 projects have been selected for funding recommendations to the 2011 Legislature.

Project Recommendations

2011-2012 Proposals Received and Selected to Present

241 proposals requesting a total of approximately $162 million were received. This RFP process is for the biennium (2 years) beginning July 1, 2011. For that period, approximately $52 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is expected to be available to recommend for project funding. Thus requests exceeded dollars available by a ratio of more than 3:1.

On June 9, 2010, the LCCMR selected 105* proposals to invite in to present before the Commission and receive further consideration. [*Note: 105 proposals consists of 82 individual proposals plus 2 partnership proposals containing a total of 23 individual sub-proposals (Metro Conservation Corridors, #104-D = 11 individual sub-proposals; Habitat Conservation Partnership, #106-D = 12 individual sub-proposals): 82+23=105.

105 Proposals for Presentation

2011-2012 Request for Proposal (RFP)

Some additional information pertaining to proposal requirements and evaluation criteria is available below.

2011-2012 RFP Additional Proposal Requirements Additional Explanation of Evaluation Criteria

2011-2012 Process Timeline

The proposal and funding process timeline for the 2011-2012 RFP is detailed below. Specific dates will be announced as they become available.

January 12, 2010 Funding priorities were determined and 2011-2012 RFP was adopted
January 22, 2010 2011-2012 RFP issued
April 5, 2010 Last day to submit draft proposals for LCCMR staff review
April 9, 2010 Submission deadline for proposals responding to 2010 RFP
May 2010 All submitted proposals distributed to LCCMR members for review, evaluation, and ranking
June 3 & 9, 2010 A subset of high-ranking proposals is selected for further consideration and invited to give presentations before the LCCMR
June 22, 23, 29, 30, 2010 Selected proposals present before the LCCMR
Additional presentation dates may be added. Possible dates may include June 21 or 28
July 13-14, 2010 Subset of proposals is selected to recommend to the legislature for funding based on consistency with funding priorities and total dollars available
August-October, 2010 Projects recommended for funding begin submitting work programs for LCCMR staff review
Research projects recommended for funding undergo peer review
November 18 & December 8, 2010 Funding recommendations are adopted by the LCCMR in legislative bill format, as they will be presented to the legislature
January-May, 2011 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 23, 2011 LCCMR approves work programs for projects funded
July 1, 2011 Money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund becomes available for expenditure and projects can begin
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