Contract, grant and loan opportunities

Open RFPs

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

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

Refer to the Grants for alternative landscaping equipment web page for the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on project types and eligibility: who may apply, match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021 (4 p.m. Central Time)

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has approximately $1 million available for grant projects that focus on best practices for recycling or composting collection systems.

Eligible applicants are political subdivisions in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington County). Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged. If the applicant is a city, the city’s population must be less than 45,000.

Refer to Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grant (FY21) web page for the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on project types and eligibility: who may apply, match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: March 9, 2021 (2 p.m. Central Time)

Approximately $580,000 is 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.

Refer to the Prevention of wasted food and food rescue grants web page for the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on project types and eligibility: who may apply, match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: March 19, 2021 (4 p.m.)

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.

Refer to the High-emitting vehicle repair grant web page for the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on project types and eligibility: who may apply, match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline: March 19, 2021 (4 p.m. Central Time)

MPCA is seeking project proposals from host organizations for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2021.

Refer to the Green and safer product chemistry grants web page for the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on project types and eligibility: who may apply, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application deadline for host organizations: March 8, 2021 (2 p.m. Central Time)

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 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.

Priority projects include uses of mixed paper, glass, organics, PET, or plastic film, but projects using any type of recyclable material will be considered.

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.

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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

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MPCA sought applications from small businesses and organizations for $125,000 in available grant funding to reduce the use of ethylene oxide sterilization or products that contain ethylene oxide (EtO) and its derivatives.

Closed: Applications were due Aug. 28, 2020

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.