Contract, grant and loan opportunities

Open RFPs

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

$1.2 million to fund off-road clean diesel projects. Off-road examples include construction, mining, warehouse, and port-loading equipment, locomotive engines and idle reduction technology, and drayage trucks.

See Minnesota Clean Diesel off-road DERA grant for the posted RFP, application forms, and program details.

Application deadline: December 6, 2019 (4:30 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

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

The grantee for the summer 2019 Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility has enough candidates.

See Green and safer product chemistry grants page for information.

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.

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.

Grants for replacing old diesel school buses were part of Minnesota’s Diesel Replacement Program, funded by the Volkswagen Settlement.

Closed: Applications were due July 19, 2018.