Equity Grant Program

Two people fishing off a bridge.The Equity Grant Program provides funding to regional parks agencies for capital and noncapital projects that will strengthen equitable usage of regional parks and trails by all our region's residents, across age, race, ethnicity, income, national origin, and ability. The program is also designed to enhance institutional capacity around equity work across the regional parks system and with individual agencies.

2021 funding availability

We are now accepting applications from the ten Regional Park Implementing Agencies for the 2021 Competitive Equity Grant Program! Agencies may apply at metrocouncilgrants.org. Applications are due at 4 p.m. on March 15, 2021. For program information and guidance, see the Notice of Funding Availability (PDF).

Equity grants funded in 2019

  • Dakota County Dakota Homeland Interpretation Along the Minnesota River Greenway Regional Trail: $90,000 to design, fabricate, and install interpretation frames

  • Saint Paul Wakan Tipi Center at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary Equitable Enhancements (Bruce Vento Regional Trail): $154,255 for environmental costs, exhibits, interior art, public art, and architect fees

  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Bde Maka Ska Cloud Man Memorial Interpretive Signage (Mpls Chain of Lakes Regional Park): $55,745 for design and construction of five panels and concrete pads at four locations around the lake