DNR Grants Journal: January 2016 - Issue #14

Happy New Year!

The Grants Unit wishes you all well in the new year. We look forward to our continued work with you in 2016. As always, we are here to help and answer any questions you may have.

New Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2016

The new IRS mileage rate for mileage reimbursement will decrease to 54 cents per mile from .575.

FY16 Grant Agreements

Please remember to sign and return your Grant Agreement for FY16 if you haven't yet. If you have any questions, please contact your Grants Specialist. As a friendly reminder, we cannot reimburse for any expenses until the grant agreement is executed.

Use of Funds

In the event a project requires services provided by the DNR, the grantee must submit a Use of Funds letter to the DNR in order to pay for those services. DNR service examples include appraisal reviews, restoration, enhancement, and other land acquisition-related services. The Use of Funds letter authorizes the DNR Accounts Payable Unit to pay DNR division staff with ENRTF or OHF project funds for services performed on the specified project. The required information in a Use of Funds letter includes the specific part in the accomplishment plan authorizing the work, the portion of the proceeds to be used by the State, the contact information of the State’s staff member assigned to do the work, the expected completion date, and a brief description of the nature of work to be performed. The pass-through grants website has a sample form you can use on the “Forms/Links” page.

Please consider these costs when planning your project budget and submit your Use of Funds letter as soon as possible to avoid potential project delays. Grantees must have this funding in the “DNR Land Acquisition Costs” or "DNR IDP" budget line item. If your organization does not have funding earmarked for DNR Land Acquisition or DNR IDP costs and plan to use DNR services in the future for a particular project, please notify your assigned DNR Grant Specialist and contact the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council or the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources to seek an amended budget to add funding to your DNR Land Acquisition costs line item.

Winter Holidays

State offices will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of President's Day

Updated Appraisal Guidelines

New DNR Supplemental Appraisal and Review Guidelines go into effect on January 1, 2016 and can be found here.

The updates include the following:

Modifications to address changes in the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice

Changes resulting from our continuous improvement activities,

Reformatting for ease of use  

Removal of redundancies that had occurred over the years  

Please contact your Grants Specialist or Cindy Nathan with the Appraisal Management team at 218-203-4408 if you have any questions.



January 2016

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

500 Lafayette Road

St. Paul, MN 55155



Grants Unit Contacts

Pat Donnell

Grants Specialist Coordinator




Karen Mueller

Grants Specialist Senior




Jason Tidemann

Grants Specialist Coordinator




DNR Mission Statement

Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.