This page will provide information on grants and other financial opportunities.

2021 Chippewa National Forest grant- (requests need to be received by Aug 1, 2021. Decision will be made in fall of 2021 for projects to be completed in 2022 or 2023)

The Chippewa National Forest Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is inviting public proposals to invest approximately $350,000 of accumulated funds authorized by the Secure Rural Schools Act. Project proposals must benefit National Forest lands in Beltrami, Cass, Itasca counties, and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indian Reservation that meet criteria for activities that improve natural resources.

The Chippewa NF RAC highly encourages consulting with a Chippewa National Forest office or staff to ensure you have accurate information for the RAC to consider. Examples of eligible projects include:

· Watershed restoration

· Maintenance of roads or trails

· Hazardous fuels reduction

· Improvements in forest ecosystem health

· Improvement of wildlife and fish habitat

· Control of invasive plants and/or re-establishment of native species

· Enhancement of National Forest recreation sites

Proposals are welcome from any source. Individuals, tribes, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are eligible for funding consideration through grants, cooperative agreements, and traditional contracting procedures with the Chippewa National Forest. A 20% in-kind and/or cash match is required to meet Forest Service cooperator agreement policy. For more information or to submit project proposals, use the Secure Rural Schools Act short form available from the Chippewa National Forest website

2021 Lakes and Waters Preservation Trust Grant - (for projects within the Pine River Watershed)

There are funds available for lake association projects within the Pine River Watershed to:

- Implement projects that enhance and protect surface and aquifer water quality in the Pine River Watershed.

- Support sustainable riparian land management practices.

- Protect habitat for native plants and animals.

See the LW Grant Application for more information.