Contract, grant and loan opportunities

Open RFPs

Apply now for a grant to reduce emissions from older, diesel-powered off-road equipment by replacing or improving eligible diesel equipment. Total funding is approximately $1 million.

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: December 1, 2021 (4:30 p.m. CST)

The MPCA has made up to $250,000 in Small Business Environmental Improvement Loans available at zero-percent interest to small businesses for installation and equipment purchases associated with a switch from the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) to an alternative demonstrated to be less toxic.

Qualified borrowers must be an existing small business corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership, or association with less than 500 full-time employees, after-tax profit of less than $500,000, and a demonstrated ability to repay the loan.

See Loans for trichloroethylene reduction web page for eligibility requirements, loan terms, and application form. 

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 first round of the Dry Cleaner Cost Share program offered up to $20,000 to help Minnesota dry-cleaning businesses switch away from perchloroethylene (perc). Future funding rounds are expected.

Closed: Application deadline was Oct. 4, 2021.

MPCA had approximately $1.7 million for grants to replace old diesel school buses with new, cleaner diesel, propane, or natural gas models.

Closed: Application deadline was Sept. 10, 2021.

MPCA offered $5.2 million in grant money to help fund replacement of heavy-duty diesel vehicles with electric or other, cleaner models. Funding was split into two pools:

  • $3.5 million will support organizations making the switch to electric vehicles/equipment
  • $1.7 million will fund new vehicles powered by diesel, propane, natural gas, and fuel/electric hybrids

Closed: Application deadline was Aug. 9, 2021

MPCA solicited applications for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2021.

Refer to the Green and safer product chemistry grants web page to learn about the 2021 project selected.

MPCA solicited proposals from eligible organizations to provide direct assistance for the upgrade and optimization of water softening systems that will result in a chloride reduction in targeted communities that are experiencing elevated chloride levels in their surface waters or wastewater discharge.

Closed: Application deadline was May 7, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (“MPCA” or “State”) sought proposals from qualified, experienced environmental contractors that have a broad understanding of the general hydrology, geology, climate, land use/land cover, aquatic biology, and water quality of the State of Minnesota. Contractor must have an understanding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, State statutes and rules, and guidance documents as they relate to hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality modeling and evaluation; pollutant load analyses and allocations; pollutant load reduction strategies and technologies; stakeholder involvement; and program implementation.

Contractor is to provide a wide range of services for the Watershed Division. Projects will be done on a statewide, water body, or watershed scale.

  • Development of Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) reports.
  • Development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports for impaired water bodies. 
  • Development and modification of Hydrological Simulation Program–FORTRAN (HSPF) models.
  • Assist in the development of other planning or research related to these activities, including data management and analysis.
  • Projects for the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, Lake Superior Lakewide Action Management Plan, and other programs, as related to watershed investigations.

Closed: Application deadline was May 4, 2021

MPCA is sought proposals for projects that will reduce air emissions within an identified area of concern for environmental justice. Total funding was approximately $130,000.

Closed: Application deadline was April 30, 2021

MPCA offered approximately $150,000 in grant funding to replace 2-cycle gasoline-powered landscaping and snow-removal equipment with electric-powered equipment.

Closed: Application deadline was March 31, 2021

The MPCA is soliciting 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 March 19, 2021

Approximately $580,000 was available to organizations with project proposals that can have a measurable impact, through prevention or food rescue, on reducing the greenhouse gas impacts from food that is wasted.:

Closed: Application deadline was March 19, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) had approximately $1 million available for grant projects that focus on best practices for recycling or composting collection systems. The opportunity was open to political subdivisions in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area.

Closed: Application deadline was March 9, 2021

The MPCA sought project proposals that will result in regionally developed and integrated solid waste management plans (per Minn. R. 9215.0800 and Minn. Stat. 115A.46). The MPCA requests each proposed plan include three or more counties and/or districts, meet the requirements of Minn. R. 9215.0500 – 9215.0880, and advance solid waste management within the region to align with the goals of the state.

Closed: Application deadline was Feb. 23, 2021

MPCA offered $170,000 in grant funding to help fund the purchase and installation of dual-port electric vehicle (EV) Level 2 charging stations in public places and workplace locations. Level 2 charging stations are ideally placed where drivers will be parked for at least 30 minutes, such as retail, restaurants, workplaces, or government buildings.

Closed: Application deadline was Feb. 8, 2021

MPCA sought 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.

Closed: Application deadline was Jan. 8, 2021 (4 p.m. CST)

MPCA solicited project proposals for approximately $65,000 in total grant funds for projects that reduce toxicity through curriculum development or community-focused efforts that reduce exposure to chemicals of concern.

Closed: Application deadline was Dec. 15, 2020

MPCA had about $185,000 in total grant funding available for projects that aim to reduce emissions of high global warming potential greenhouse gas refrigerants, such as Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, from grocery, convenience store, and/or food storage facilities and transport vehicles in Minnesota.

Closed: Application deadline was Dec. 11, 2020

MPCA sought project proposals for approximately $45,000 in grant funding for installation, testing, and repairs on stage 1 vapor recovery systems (vapor recovery) at filling stations across Minnesota.

Closed: Application deadline was Oct. 29, 2020

MPCA sought proposals for grant money ($2.66 million) to install direct current fast chargers for electric vehicles in designated corridors along highways and interstates in Greater Minnesota.

Closed: Application deadline was Nov. 25 2020.

MPCA offered $3 million in total grant funding to help purchase new electric school buses to replace older, diesel-powered school buses.

Closed: Application deadline was Oct. 13, 2020

The MPCA sought proposals for about $1.1 million in grants to reduce emissions from older, diesel-powered off-road equipment by helping owners to replace or improve eligible diesel equipment – improving air quality and public health at the same time.

Closed: Application deadline was Sept. 18, 2020

Clean diesel grants

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MPCA solicited grant applications for approximately $250,000 to research, develop, and implement strategies for communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change and improve community resilience while achieving positive environmental outcomes. These efforts will prevent or reduce the environmental impacts including waste and pollution caused by warming temperatures and extreme precipitation while protecting public health and well-being.

Closed: Applications were due March 11, 2020.