Grant requests being accepted through May 24

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) yesterday issued its annual Call for Funding Request from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Approximately $150 million will be available for both metro and statewide grants to aid Minnesota habitat restoration, protection and enhancement.

Requests are due Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m. Funds for approved programs will be available for use starting Monday, July 1, 2025.

Since the Outdoor Heritage Fund’s creation in 2008, $1.6 billion in on-the-ground habitat programs has been allocated by the Minnesota legislature and over 1.4 million acres of Minnesota forests, prairies and wetlands have been restored, protected and/or enhanced. The latest set of funding recommendations totaling $180 million is currently before the Minnesota legislature.

The process is competitive and open to all who wish to apply. 

“These monies have funded wildlife habitat projects in every corner of the state, both rural and urban,” said Mark Johnson, Executive Director. “If you have a potential project proposal but are unsure, contact us. LSOHC staff are always open to discussing ideas and answering questions. We are here to help.”

Proposal requirements and terms of funding are outlined in the Call for Funding Request. To view details or learn more, visit: 

For answers to specific questions, contact LSOHC Staff: