Contract, grant and loan opportunities

Open RFPs

Current requests for proposals for MPCA projects and grant/loan programs.

MPCA is seeking intern applications for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2020.

See the web page for details.

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 extended: May 29, 2020 (4:00 pm 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 2020 and 2021 (maximum loan of $3 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

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.

MPCA offered $10,000 to support a Minnesota facility or organization with a grant to underwrite the cost of hosting a summer 2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship, to achieve a purpose or outcome which advances the process or practice of green chemistry and engineering.

Closed: Applications were due March 6, 2020.

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.

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

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