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Financial assistance: Grants and loans

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has various opportunities available for receiving grants and other financial assistance for environmental projects in Minnesota.



MPCA offers financial assistance that can help parties with the upfront cost of investigating the presence and extent of contamination at brownfield sites. The assistance includes: 1) the MPCA’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) grant program, and 2) site assessment assistance that is available specifically for old dumpsites. The MPCA gives preference to applications for financial assistance where the brownfield site will become a park, recreational area, nature preserve, or other type of green space.

Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS or septic tanks)

Information about various financial assistance programs available for both homeowners and municipalities.


Clean Water Partnership and Section 319 grants: Financial assistance for nonpoint source water pollution projects

Financial and technical assistance to local government and other water resource managers to address nonpoint-source water pollution.

Minnesota Watershed Project Funding System

Provides funding for water protection and restoration projects around the state.

Clean Water Revolving Fund

Known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund or simply SRF, the Fund is established under the Federal Clean Water Act and state law to make loans to for both point source (wastewater and stormwater) and nonpoint source water pollution control projects.

Phosphorous Reduction Grants

Phosphorus Reduction Grants program to assist municipalities with the costs of wastewater treatment projects, or portion thereof, that will reduce the discharge of total phosphorus from the facility to one milligram per liter or less.

Surface Water Assessment Grants

Surface Water Assessment Grants, supported by Clean Water Funding, provide funding to local groups interesting in monitoring the water quality of lakes and/or streams. Data from these monitoring projects are combined with data from other MPCA-supported monitoring activities and used to determine if lakes and streams are support water recreation, safe drinking water, and healthy ecosystems.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Grants

TMDL grant program assist municipalities with the cost of publicly owned wastewater or stormwater projects needed to meet wasteload reductions under a TMDL study prepared and approved in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act.

Wastewater and Stormwater

State loan and grant programs to help municipalities finance wastewater and stormwater construction projects.

Environmental assistance

Solid Waste Processing Facilities Capital Assistance Program (CAP) Grant

The Solid Waste Processing Facilities Capital Assistance Program (CAP) provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to encourage investment in the proper management of solid waste. CAP has provided over $60 million to assist more than 90 projects in Minnesota since 1985.

As part of the MPCA’s ongoing process in preparation for future State bonding sessions, we ask the assistance of Local Government Units in identifying the funding needs for the development of integrated solid waste management infrastructure in Minnesota.

If you are planning/anticipating capital expenditures for a solid waste management system (new/upgrade/expansion), please contact Mary Baker at or 651-757-2208. If you are interested in securing CAP funding for your project, please provide the following information for MPCA consideration as we continually seek to identify Minnesota’s solid waste management needs:

Contact information

Name of County/City/District:
Name of Contact Person:
Telephone #:
Email address:
Mailing Address:

Type of Resource Recovery Facility

□  Recycling       □  HHW        □  Composting 
□ Transfer Station    □   Waste-to-Energy     
□  Refuse Derive Fuel 
□  Other ____________________

Project Scope

Provide a descriptive  narrative of the proposed  solid waste processing facility that addresses:   

  • Current and proposed waste practices
  • Regional solid waste management needs
  • Consistency of proposed project with the comprehensive solid waste management plan of each affected county
  • If serving eligible jurisdictions in only a single county, the extent to which cooperation with jurisdictions in other counties to develop the proposed project is not feasible
  • Extent of preparedness to implement the proposed project (i.e., Board approval, hired consultant, completed preliminary design and engineering, permits, etc.); provide an implementation timeline
  • anticipated sources of funding for the project, including projected tipping fees and revenues from recovered materials and energy
  • Any additional information available (i.e., pictures, etc.)

Project Details

Facility Site Location:
Facility Service Area:
Tons to be Processed:
Operating Capacity:
Public or Private Operations:
Current Jobs:
New Jobs as Result of implementing proposed project:
Participating Counties:
Recycling Rate (per participating county):
Solid Waste Management Plan Status (per participating county):

Sustainable Building Guidelines (Mn Stat. § 16B.325 and

Will the project involve:
□  New Building(s)
□  Addition(s) that has its own heating/cooling plant(s)
□  Major renovation(s) that involves an area of 10,000 square feet or more and the replacement of the mechanical, ventilation, or cooling system of the building

Solar Energy
(2013 Session Laws, Chapter 85, Article 6, Section 11)

Will the project involve solar energy (use of solar photovoltaic modules)?     □ Yes        □  No

Total Estimated Project Cost


$ ______________________

*Total CAP Grant Request


 $ ______________________

The objective of the CAP program is to recover materials and energy from waste and to minimize land disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) through solid waste processing and resource recovery. Eligible applicants are Minnesota cities, counties, solid waste management districts, and sanitary districts. Eligible projects are facilities that include resource recovery.

*Depending on the project type, a project may receive funding of 25 to 50 percent of the eligible capital cost, up to a maximum of $2 million. Multi-county projects with an inter-county cooperative agreement may receive 25 to 50 percent of the eligible capital costs, or up to $2 million times the number of participating counties, whichever is less. A project to construct a new mixed municipal solid waste transfer station to serve an existing resource recovery facility may receive grant assistance up to 75 percent of the eligible capital costs of the project. Availability of CAP funding is subject to the appropriation of bond funding by the State Legislature.

Environmental Assistance Loan Program

The Environmental Assistance Loan Program is a revolving fund program whereby additional financial assistance is made available as past recipients repay their loans. The eligibility, priority focus, and application documents are updated/revised every two years. If at any time the latest documents are not available, you may refer to the posted documents as informational and/or contact Mary Baker: 651-757-2208 or 1-800-657-3864.

Environmental Assistance Grant Program

The Environmental Assistance (EA) Grant Program provides financial assistance for the development of environmentally sustainable practices in Minnesota through voluntary partnerships and outcome-oriented, economically driven approaches to pollution prevention, waste reduction, toxicity reduction, water quality protection, and resource conservation. The application period for this program is normally held on an annual basis. If at any time the latest documents are not available, you may refer to the posted documents as informational and/or, contact Mary Baker: 651-757-2208 or 1-800-657-3864 for program assistance or for more information on time-sensitive requests.

Environmental Assistance Time Sensitive Grant Program

The Environmental Assistance (EA) Time Sensitive Grant Program is administered under Minn. Statute 115A.0716 and Minn. Rules 9210.0840. Time Sensitive grants are made available mostly during the periods between open funding rounds of the EA Grant Program and are dependent on the availability of funding. The Time Sensitive Grant Program allows for continuous implementation of the agency’s mission of working for the development of environmentally-sustainable practices in Minnesota. Eligible projects must be time-sensitive in nature (i.e., cannot wait to apply during a regular open EA grant round). The priority of the Time Sensitive Grant Program is updated regularly as the agency identifies needs.

Program Priority: Climate Adaptation in Communities through promotion of urban vegetation. Eligible applicants are Minnesota community-based organizations. Eligible projects are those located in the city of Saint Paul with adjacency to major interstate roads. The focus of the time-sensitive grant is to support projects promoting urban vegetation and meeting one or more of the following goals:

  • Increase climate adaptation through planting trees and other vegetation as a way to improve air quality and address the urban heat island effect.
  • Gather baseline data about air quality, tree canopy and/or qualitative feedback from community residents.
  • Increase resilience of residents that are especially vulnerable to heat and air quality issues.
  • Increase community engagement through volunteerism and education.

The maximum grant amount per applicant is $8,000 or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less. The applicant must provide a 25% funding match (e.g., $1 in match for every $3 in grant funds). Matching funds may be in the form of in-kind services or cash. Examples of eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • purchase or rental of air quality monitoring equipment;
  • developing and conducting a community survey;
  • purchase and planting of plant material (tree stock, other vegetation) and initial maintenance costs incurred;
  • development, printing and distribution of community outreach and educational materials.

The application submittal should provide the following information:

  1. Applicant information (name of organization, full address, organization’s website; contact person, title, phone number, email address).
  2. Project title and project scope/description; explain how the project will increase climate adaptation in the community.
  3. Explain why the project should be considered time-sensitive (seasonal timeline, availability of funding, timing/opportunity, etc.).
  4. Provide a project work plan (inclusive of objectives/ tasks, timeline, title of person responsible, and budget (providing a breakdown per objective/task of grant funds/cash match/in-kind match/total); if the project includes salaries, provide a breakout as follows: position/title of person, rate of pay per hour, and the number of hours.
  5. What measurable outputs (i.e., planting of how many trees, survey response, etc.) and outcomes (i.e., environmental impact, increase in knowledge/attitudes/practices, etc.) will be used to evaluate the success of the project?

Applications for Climate Adaptation in Communities Time-Sensitive grants are being accepted until 2:00 p.m., April 15, 2015. Applications should be electronically submitted to The program priority is subject to change. For program assistance or for more information on the Time Sensitive application process, contact Mary Baker: 651-757-2208 or 1-800-657-3864.

Small business

Small business

Small Business Environmental Loan Program

This program provides low-interest loans to small businesses to finance environmental projects such as capital equipment upgrades that meet or exceed environmental regulations, and costs associated with the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. These loans help small businesses help themselves with environmental projects. Through the program, small businesses are able to achieve successes with their environmental projects and goals, while at the same time helping to preserve Minnesota's air, land, lakes and quality of life. For assistance or more information, contact Mike Nelson, 651-757-2122 or 651-757-2121 or


None at this time.

Waste reduction

RFP: Costs and Benefits Analysis of School Waste Management Programs

For more details, visit the Helping schools reduce pollution page.


Green Chemistry and Design Demonstration Project Grant

This grant opportunity is to develop a new or redesigned product which reduces life-cycle environmental and energy use impact compared to products previously serving the same purpose. Information regarding this grant is available on the Green Chemistry Web page. Note: Applications are closed.


The MPCA’s primary purpose in this project is to generate new or redesigned products that incorporate green chemistry and design, and case studies in the partnerships, resources and expertise necessary to develop those products. These green chemistry and design products will produce measurable life-cycle environmental and energy use impact reductions in such areas as direct and indirect (upstream or downstream in the supply chain) chemicals of concern replaced, production waste avoided or energy consumption reduced.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — Stimulus Funding Opportunities

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has provided stimulus funding to help with Minnesota's environment. See the Stimulus Funding Opportunities page for a complete listing.


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