Application Deadline: February 22, 2016
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program is offering grants for watercraft inspections by DNR staff in 2016. These grants are intended to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, especially zebra mussels, into Minnesota waters. This grant program is designed to assist local organizations that would like additional watercraft inspections (beyond what is done by the DNR Watercraft Inspection Program) at particular water accesses. This is an offer to split the cost ($16/hour) of additional watercraft inspections with cooperators. The cooperating organization can provide input into scheduling the hours of inspection. The DNR will recruit, hire, and schedule the inspectors, and provide supervision, insurance, and social security costs.
If you would like to have DNR Watercraft Inspectors working additional hours at particular water accesses, you must apply through this program. All potential projects will be ranked based on the grant criteria listed in the section below. Highly ranked projects will be offered a grant, by which the DNR will pay for 50% of the cost of granted watercraft inspection hours. Applicants may be awarded all or some of their requested hours. The DNR will provide a maximum of 375 inspection hours per lake up to a maximum total grant of 750 hours. Clarification: A lake is considered unique if it has its own inventory number, which can be found on lakefinder. If one access serves several lakes in a chain, each lake can be counted towards the 750 hour limit if they are clearly noted in the application. We will only accept one application per applicant.
The cost of access inspections is $16 per hour. Approximately 7,500 inspection hours will be allotted under this grant program. Cooperators will be billed for their share of the cost of inspections at the end of the open water season for inspection hours that have been completed. The number of inspection hours offered to cooperators will depend on available funds and how closely the proposed project meets the grant criteria listed below.
Proposals will be evaluated by DNR staff within the Invasive Species Program. Proposed projects must focus on the prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species. Proposed water bodies/ water accesses will be ranked according to the following criteria.
A water body/water access will be ranked higher if it is:
The final amount of DNR match and the number of inspection hours offered to cooperators will depend upon:
If you are interested in this grant program, read and submit the
“2016 Grant Application for Watercraft Inspections”.
February 22nd, 2016
Deadline to submit proposals. They must be received on or before this day by mail, email, or fax. You may also hand deliver your application on or before February 22nd during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).
After the close of the watercraft inspection season, cooperators will receive a final report of all watercraft inspections conducted during the project period and a bill for their share of the cost of those inspections.
Proposals must be submitted on the application form. Electronic proposals are encouraged. Completed applications should be returned to:
Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator
DNR – Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
You will be notified when your application is received. If you do not receive a notification please contact Wendy Crowell (651-259-5085)
Questions concerning the watercraft program or the Delegation Agreement please contact your regional Watercraft Inspection Program Supervisor.
Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator