In 2015, the County Board established a Special Revenue Fund, ELF, with the stated purpose of “protection, preservation or enhancement of the environment.” The Board has authorized environmentally-related activities such as Brownfield Redevelopment Activities, Environmental Capital Projects, Environmental Resources Operations, Gravel Pit Remediation, Natural Areas and Shoreland Conservation Activities, Parks/Greenway Master Plan Improvements and implementation of the Natural Resources Management Plan and Solid Waste Master Plan.
In late 2017, the Board discussed the establishment of a pilot program in which a portion of ELF would be directed to investments in communities that are impacted by landfills. Based on those discussions, staff presented a draft ELF Grant Pilot Program and application to the Physical Development Committee of the Whole on Jan. 9, 2018 that outlined a program that would provide up to $3 million dollars to projects chosen by the Board in the cities of Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount and/or South St. Paul.
On Jan. 23, 2018, the ELF Grant Pilot Program application was released to the eligible cities of Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount and South St. Paul.
Applications were due March 16, 2018. There were 19 applications submitted totaling $7.8 million in requests. On April 17, 2018, the applications will be reviewed by the Physical Development Committee of the Whole.
Environmental Legacy Fund Application Materials