Current requests for proposals for MPCA projects and grant/loan programs.
MPCA seeking applications for $25,000 in available grant funding for small businesses, governmental agencies, educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations to switch to alternative solvents and coatings that result in measurable reductions in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or to purchase equipment that reduces the use of VOC-containing solvents and coatings.
See Grants for solvent and coating emission reductions for the posted RFP, application forms, and program details.
The request for proposals (RFP) has full details on who may apply, eligible project costs, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.
Application deadline: April 22, 2020 (4:00 pm Central Time)
MPCA is soliciting 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.
See Grants for community strategies to adapt to climate change for the posted RFP, application forms, and program details.
Application deadline: March 11, 2020 (2 p.m. Central Time)
MPCA seeks to support a Minnesota facility or organization with a grant to underwrite the cost of a summer 2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship, to achieve a purpose or outcome which advances the process or practice of green chemistry and engineering.
Grant(s) of approximately $10,000 will be awarded to one or more entities.
See Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant for the posted RFP, application forms, and program details.
Application deadline extended: March 6, 2020 (2 p.m. Central Time)
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. A total of $15 million is available for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 (maximum loan of $2 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
Grants to fund off-road clean diesel projects, such as construction, mining, warehouse, and port-loading equipment, locomotive engines and idle reduction technology, and drayage trucks.
Closed: Applications were due December 6, 2019 (4:30 p.m. Central Time)
MPCA offered $1.5 million in grants to exclusively fund new, all-electric replacements for heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment in Minnesota, including $630,000 for 6 electric school buses.
Closed: Applications were due November 19, 2019
MPCA sought applications for grants to replace 2-cycle gasoline-powered landscaping and snow removal equipment with electric-powered equipment. Total funding was $150,000.
Closed: Applications were due November 8, 2019
MPCA sought applications for replacing old diesel school buses (model years 1992-2009) used in Greater Minnesota. Total funding was $580,000.
Closed: Applications were due August 13, 2019
Closed: Applications were due July 9, 2019
MPCA sought grant proposals for projects that aim to reduce emissions of high global warming potential (HGWP) greenhouse gas (GHG) refrigerants from facilities in Minnesota.
Closed: Applications were due May 15, 2019
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested proposals to provide technical assistance to grain elevators and feed mills by developing resources and providing training to increase regulatory compliance and encourage the adoption and implementation of beyond compliance approaches.
Closed: Applications were due May 14, 2019
MPCA sought proposals from qualified applicants to install Level 2 and/or Level 3 EV charging stations at locations serving fleet vehicles in Minnesota.
Closed: Applications were due May 7, 2019
MPCA offered approximately $125,000 in total grant funding for small businesses and organizations to switch to alternative wood, wood composite, or metal finishing products.
Closed: Applications were due April 8, 2019
The MPCA sought proposals to fund in the FFY2019 funding round for projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams.
Closed: Applications were due February 26, 2019
MPCA offered $40,000 in grant funding for installation or repairs on stage 1 vapor recovery systems at filling stations across Minnesota.
Closed: Applications were due February 21, 2019
Small businesses may wish to explore a low-interest loan to fund purchase or maintenance of this equipment.
MPCA sought applications from contractors to partner with auto repair shops, dealerships, tech colleges or other entities to identify and fix high-emitting vehicles.
Closed: Applications were due February 8, 2019
Applicants can be retired engineers, scientists, managers, or other retired professionals from a wide range of technical and non-technical fields. For info, see Join RETAP.
Funding for non-road clean diesel projects in Minnesota. $1.1 million to upgrade non-road equipment (including towboats, locomotives and construction equipment) through replacement, engine replacement, and some idle-reduction technologies.
Closed: Applications were due November 16, 2018
MPCA solicited applications for a provider of targeted assistance for Minnesota cities interested in exploring City-wide Commercial Building Benchmarking, in support of the mission and efforts of the Building Energy Benchmarking Collaborative.
Closed: Applications were due October 9, 2018.
Grant to install Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in public places, workplaces, and multi-unit dwellings; funded by the Volkswagen Settlement.
Closed: Applications were due September 5, 2018.
Grants to install direct current fast-charging stations for electric vehicles along Minnesota highways and interstates; funded by the Volkswagen Settlement.
Closed: Applications were due August 21, 2018.