03/07/2018: The MDA is working through the final stages of the grant review. The original timeline of announcing recipients on March 12th will be extended to March 20th.
Grant Overview and Goals
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking applications from counties, municipalities, and other local units of government for grants to address noxious weeds and invasive plants, with priority given to Palmer amaranth or other species on the Prohibited-Eradicate Noxious Weed List. In 2017, the Minnesota Legislature approved a specific appropriation for funding years 2018 and 2019 that allows MDA to provide financial assistance to local units of government with priority noxious weed and invasive plant issues through the grant program outlined in Minnesota Statute 18.90. This grant request is not to be confused with the Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) grant program administered by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).
2018 Funding Availability
$300,000 has been appropriated to the Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Species Assistance Account for Fiscal Year 2018 to administer the grant program. This will be a one time transfer of funds for the fiscal year. Funding will be allocated through a competitive process with review by the MDA and the Noxious Weed Advisory Committee (NWAC). Successful applicants may only incur eligible expenditures when the grant contract is fully executed and the grant has reached its effective date. Seventy - five percent of the funds can be obtained up-front with the remaining 25% being dispersed upon completion of the grant and submission of a required final report.
- There is no minimum ask and grants may be awarded up to $30,000 per applicant
- Grants will be awarded through a competitive process based on an individual applications adherence to the criteria outlined in Minnesota Statute 18.90 and the number of applications received
- Although priority will be given for projects focusing on Palmer amaranth and other Eradicate listed species, grants will be accepted for all listed noxious weeds and Specially Regulated Plants
- Priority will also be given to applications submitted by County Agricultural Inspectors (CAI) and/or County Designated Employees (CDE)
- If a county does not have an active CAI or CDE or the county declines to participate, preference will then be given to applications received from the head of another local unit of government or their representative
- Application must be considered a local unit of government under Minnesota state law
- If an applicant is not a County Agricultural Inspector or County Designated Employee, please contact your local CAI/CDE to discuss the RFP prior to submitting an application
- Projects must focus on noxious weeds and/or invasive plant species and adhere to the criteria outlined in Minnesota Statute 18.90
Application and Instructions
2018 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant Application (PDF: 287 KB / 9 pages)
- Frequently Asked Questions