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.
Water-related financial assistance
Clean Water Partnership and Section 319 Programs: 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.
Provides funding for water protection and restoration projects around the state.
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.
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, 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.
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.
State loan and grant programs to help municipalities finance wastewater and stormwater construction projects.
As part of its process in identifying the need for financial assistance in the development of integrated solid waste management infrastructures, the MPCA always invites expressions of interest. The Solid Waste Processing Facilities Capital Assistance Program (CAP) provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to encourage the proper management of solid waste. CAP has provided over $62 million to assist more than 90 projects in Minnesota since 1985.
If you are anticipating capital expenditures for solid waste management systems (new/upgrade/expansion), please express your interest in CAP funding by contacting Mary Baker by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 651-757-2208 at any time and providing the following information:
Interested party/contact information
Name of County/City/District:
Resource recovery facility type and description
Total estimated project cost
Total CAP grant funding 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 capital costs of the project.
Availability of CAP funding is subject to the appropriation of bond funding by the State Legislature.
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.
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 MN Statute 115A.0716 and MN Rules 9210.0840. Time Sensitive grants are made available mostly during the periods between funding rounds of the Open Environmental Assistance (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. The priority of the Time Sensitive Grant Program will be updated regularly as the Agency identifies needs.
Ongoing priority: Evaluation of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) expansion/enhancements at Waste to Energy (WTE) facilities. Focus will be on preparing cost estimates and evaluating additional waste processing equipment that would aid existing operations and allow for expansion of services to local communities. Evaluation could focus on equipment that would increase the efficiency of existing equipment to capture corrugated cardboard (OCC), glass, aluminum and scrap metals, and also allow for capture of clean plastics and/or paper left in the waste stream after recycling options have been utilized at the point of generation. Existing resource recovery facilities will receive priority consideration.
To request consideration of proposals under the Time Sensitive Grant Program, applications should be electronically submitted to email@example.com . Applications will be reviewed and decisions made on a “rolling” basis. This approach provides for applications to be reviewed and decisions made on a continuous basis, based on availability of funding. The application should consist of a narrative, work plan and budget that address/meet the following requirements:
- the grant request is for less than $10,000; a grant request can not exceed 75% of the total project costs (minimum of 25% match required);
- a description of the proposed project; applicants are limited to one (1) time sensitive grant per 12 month period;
- applicant demonstrate why the proposed project cannot wait until the next Open EA Grant round for funding consideration; project must be such that the applicant cannot reasonably apply during the EA Open process; and
- applicant demonstrates their authority and ability to enter into a grant agreement in a timely manner.
The application period for the EA Time Sensitive Grant Program is open until further notice. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.