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).
$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.
MDA Noxious Weed Program