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Applications Now Being Accepted for AMC Committees
Please click here to read about and apply for the committees on which we now have open positions. 


Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has items for bid that may be of interest to counties

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is selling some assets that were used during construction or in the Metrodome. The items range from a 1999 Ford F150, to Gang (tool) boxes, scissor lifts, commercial sweeper, 8 foot and 12 foot aluminum benches, concrete pumps and electric tools.  Click here to see the list of items up for bid.

For more information please visit www.MSFA.com


Submit Your 2018 Capital Budget Bonding Requests by June 16

On May 3, the Capital Budget System (CBS) opened for state agencies and local units of government to submit requests for consideration in the 2018 capital budget. For more information about the capital budget process, access to CBS, instructions, and other resources, please visit Minnesota Management & Budget’s capital budget website.

Key dates in the 2018 capital budget process are:

  • June 16: Deadline for local government final project submissions
  • June – September: Project site visits (as needed)
  • July 17: Submission of capital budget requests to the legislature
  •  January 15: Governor’s capital budget submission to the legislature

You can also contact Liz Connor, MMB’s capital budget coordinator, at Elizabeth.Connor@state.mn.us or 651-230-5505.



2017-2018 Policy Fellows Program - Apply by June 1
Applications are due June 1st for the 2017-2018 Policy Fellows program, one of the country’s most respected leadership development programs for emerging and mid-career leaders in Minnesota. Connect with a diverse cohort of 35 people across the professional and political spectrum who will broaden your perspectives and expand your network as you engage in a high-level learning experience. Gain practical skills and approaches to take your own career and civic work to the next level.
Policy Fellows meet once per month between September and June to engage in workshops, discussions, and group projects; they also travel to Washington, D.C. for a multi-day study trip with prominent elected officials and national public affairs leaders. Fellows represent business, nonprofit, and public sectors across the state of Minnesota.Scholarships are available. Individuals from Greater Minnesota are encouraged to apply, and are eligible for lodging assistance.

Applications are due June 1st for the program beginning in September. More information at z.umn.edu/policyfellows

Questions? Contact cspg@umn.edu  or 612-625-5340The Policy Fellows program is based at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


Grant Funds Available: DEADLINES FOR SUMMER 2017 GRANTS CYCLE

State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Grants:  In the 2014 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid grants program for historic preservation projects as follows:

Laws of Minnesota, 2014, Chapter 295,

Section 12, MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

County and Local Preservation Grants                                  $1,400,000

To be allocated to county and local jurisdictions as matching money for historic preservation projects of a capital nature, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 138.0525.

Because not all State Capital Grant funds were awarded earlier this year, there is approximately $350,000 available. Grants must be matched on at least a one for one basis. The minimum request is $10,000. There is no request cap in place. As the funding will expire, the project must be completed by December 31, 2018.

 The property for which funds are being requested must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office. Properties that have not been evaluated are not eligible for funding.

Please note that a phased application process is in place, and that a pre-application is required.  Applications are accessible through the Minnesota Historical Society’s on-line grants portal (https://mnhs.fluxx.io).

The calendar schedule for Summer 2017  State Capital grant round:

Pre-Application Deadline (mandatory):         Friday, June 30, 2017 (no later than midnight)

Final Application Deadline:                             Friday, August 18, 2017 (no later than midnight)

Grants Review Committee Meets:                 October 19, 2017

Earliest project activity start date:                 January 1, 2018

Latest project activity end date:                     December 31, 2018

Final Report Due                                             January 31, 2019

For more complete information, visit the Minnesota Historical Society’s website at http://www.mnhs.org/shpo/grants/state_capital_grants/. The grants manual with additional information can be downloaded at this site. For more information, contact Mandy Skypala at 651- 259-3458 or email mandy.skypala@mnhs.org.


Aquatic Invasive Species Pilot Project: Final Request for Proposals

The Initiative Foundation announces the final request for   proposals for projects that implement or expand innovative and comprehensive   pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of Aquatic Invasive   Species (AIS) into the surface waters of Minnesota. A total of $3.6 million   will be awarded for pilot projects, including an assessment of the project’s   outcomes.  To date, approximately $3 million has been awarded to   projects; the remaining funds must be allocated before the end of 2017. For   project funding consideration, a letter of inquiry for new projects must   be submitted no later than July 15, 2017.

A myriad of aquatic invasive species (AIS) threaten the current   and future stability of angling and recreation on Minnesota waters and the   economic stability of Minnesota communities, resorts and businesses that   depend on revenue from tourism related activities. Zebra mussels continue to   spread to new lakes each year; the newest invader, starry stonewort, poses a   serious threat to boating activity and fish spawning, and other species on   Minnesota’s doorstep all step up the urgency to prevent the spread of AIS.   Local units of government, lakeshore owners, resorts, chambers of commerce   and tourism bureaus, angling and sporting groups, water-related businesses   and interested citizens are encouraged to form partnerships to craft   innovative projects to test new ideas and approaches to stop the spread of   AIS.  

The Initiative Foundation's grant program was approved by the   Minnesota Legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, one of four funds of   the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment passed in 2008. It is intended to   fund pilot projects anywhere in Minnesota that are legal, effective and   financially sustainable methods of preventing the spread of AIS through a   range of communication, education and outreach efforts; inspection and   decontamination; enforcement; containment and/or other methods than can be   administered locally. 

The first step for a project application is the submission of an   online letter of inquiry. In order to complete the review process and   allocation of the remaining funds before the end of 2017,  a letter   of inquiry for new projects must be submitted no later than July 15, 2017.   Eligibility applies statewide for local units of government, including   joint powers organizations; tribal governments; and registered 501(c) 3   organizations. Partnerships with other community groups and interests are   encouraged. County AIS Aid funds can be used towards the required program   match.

Click   here for a summary of projects currently funded. For  details on   eligibility, desired projects, match requirements and the application process   see the Initiative   Foundation website.

Prior to completing the letter of inquiry, interested applicants   are encouraged to contact John Sumption, project manager, at (218) 368-8304   or sumptionenv@gmail.com   to discuss project ideas.