Contract, grant and loan opportunities

Open RFPs

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

MPCA is offering approximately $125,000 in total grant funding for small businesses and organizations to switch to alternative wood, wood composite, or metal finishing products. Maximum funding is $15,000 per project with a minimum match of 50%.

See Grants for wood and metal finishing operations page for the posted RFP, application forms, and program details.

Application deadline is April 8, 2019 (4:00 p.m. Central Time)

MPCA is seeking applications for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2019.

See Green and safer product chemistry grants page for the posted application form and program details.

Intern applications will be accepted through April 30, 2019, or until the position is filled.

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 low-interest loans to small businesses 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 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.

Alternative landscape equipment grant. Up to $300,000 in grant funding is available to switch from 2-cycle gasoline equipment to electric-powered landscaping equipment.

Eligible applicants include businesses with under 500 employees, governmental agencies, educational institutions, or nongovernmental organizations (e.g., nonprofit or industry association). Special consideration given for targeted applicants in environmental justice and highly urbanized areas.

Closed: Applications were due December 5, 2018

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.