Contract, grant and loan opportunities

Open RFPs

MPCA is offering approximately $1 million for projects that develop or expand programs to prevent food from being wasted and/or promote food rescue.

See the Prevention of wasted food and food rescue grants web page for a link to the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: August 11, 2022 (4 p.m. CDT)

Public, private, and nonprofit owners of heavy-duty diesel on-road trucks and transit buses, airport ground support equipment, forklifts, port cargo handling equipment, and freight switchers in Minnesota are encouraged to apply to this competitive grant opportunity to partially fund new, all-electric replacements.

Approximately $6.5 million is available to replace old diesel heavy-duty equipment and on-road vehicles with all-electric models.

See the Heavy duty electric vehicle replacement grant for a link to the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: August 31, 2022 (4:30 p.m. CDT)

The MPCA requests proposals from eligible applicants for projects that aim to reduce air emissions.

See the Grants for improving air quality through pollutant reduction webpage for a link to the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: July 27, 2022 (4:00 p.m. CDT)

Diesel equipment owners from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors are encouraged to apply for this Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant opportunity.

Approximately $1 million is available to replace old diesel heavy-duty equipment and off-road vehicles with new diesel or electric models.

See the Minnesota clean diesel off-road DERA grant web page for a link to the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: August 4, 2022 (4:30 p.m. CDT)

This funding opportunity provides retail establishments a rebate on purchases of lead-free tackle for sale to consumers/the public. This rebate program provides a 35% rebate on purchases of lead-free tackle. The maximum award is $2,000 total per retail establishment.

See the Lead-free fishing tackle rebate program web page for the request for proposals (RFP) and full details on eligibility and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards to eligible applicants will be made on a first come, first serve basis until all funds have been awarded or until March 29, 2024, whichever occurs first.

This dry cleaner cost share funding provides up to $20,000 for projects that eliminate PERC with an alternative dry cleaning product that is technically viable and environmentally preferable. Those intending to decommission a PERC machine with no replacement (a dry facility no longer cleaning on site) are also eligible.

See the Dry Cleaner Cost Share program web page for the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards to eligible applicants will be made on a first come, first serve basis until all funds have been awarded or until April 1, 2024, whichever occurs first.

The Environmental Assistance (EA) loan program accepts applications on a continuous basis. Loans are awarded throughout the calendar year, based on the availability of program funds. Visit the program Web page for application forms, reference documents such as Frequently Asked Questions, and links to applicable statutes and rules.

The Clean Water Partnership (CWP) program is now accepting loan applications from local governmental units interested in receiving zero-percent-interest loans to lead a nonpoint source pollution control project for protection or restoration of Minnesota’s water bodies. Application can be submitted at any time. Currently there is no deadline for submittal of an application. Over $5 million is available for fiscal year 2021 (maximum loan of $1 million per project).

MPCA provides loans to small businesses at zero percent interest for capital equipment purchases that help the company meet or exceed environmental regulations, and costs associated with the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. Common benefits include a healthier workplace, lower waste disposal bills, and reduced regulatory obligations. Projects that go beyond compliance may result in simpler permits and cost savings, and are highly encouraged.

Recently closed RFPs

The MPCA set aside $250,000 in zero-percent interest loans for installation and equipment purchases associated with a switch from the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) to an alternative demonstrated to be less toxic.

Closed: Minnesota's ban on use of TCE went into effect June 1, 2022. Small businesses can seek assistance from MPCA's Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan program.

MPCA asked for applications for grant funding of projects that will build lasting capacity to support recycling markets in Minnesota. The goal is to increase recycling feedstock value, increase end market capacity, divert recyclable materials from disposal, and create jobs in Minnesota. Total funding for this round was approximately $800,000.

Closed: Application deadline was May 12, 2022

Up to $12,000 was available to organizations for hiring summer 2022 interns to do green chemistry and engineering-related work at a Minnesota facility.

Closed: Application deadline was March 28, 2022

The MPCA solicited applications from contractors to partner with auto repair shops, dealerships, tech colleges or other entities to identify and fix high-emitting vehicles.

Closed: Application deadline was Feb. 25, 2022

$1 million in grant money was available to counties, cities, townships, and federally recognized tribes in Minnesota located outside the Twin Cities seven-county Metropolitan Area for projects that help communities establish best practices to improve local reuse, recycling, or composting program efficiency and effectiveness.

The Legislature has provided funding for Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grants through FY2025. Watch for future grant rounds.

Closed: Application deadline was Jan. 11, 2022

Up to $119,000 was available to fund projects that expand waste reduction and reuse, repair, and rental efforts by Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, businesses, public and private institutions, and tribal governments.

Closed: Application deadline was Jan. 5, 2022

Up to $870,000 was available for planning projects to be awarded during FY22. This funding provides an opportunity for communities to assess vulnerabilities and begin planning for the effects of Minnesota’s changing climate in three areas:

  • how to increase resilience to stormwater and reduce localized flood risk
  • how to improve the resilience of wastewater systems
  • how to reduce human health effects and adapt community services, ordinances and public spaces to the changing climate

See the Planning grants for stormwater, wastewater, and community resilience web page for more information.

Closed: Application deadline was Dec. 21, 2021

With a $250,000 grant, MPCA sought an organization to lead the effort within a selected community in need of chloride reduction in partnership with members of the community and local and state experts. The goal of the project is to develop a strategy to identify, prioritize, educate, and assist appropriate residents, local businesses, community buildings, institutions and industries to upgrade, replace, or optimize their existing water softening systems to a system that will decrease or eliminate salt use and reduce impacts to local water resources.

Closed: Application deadline was Dec. 10, 2021

 

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