Grants for community strategies to adapt to climate change

Dollar sign to highlight MPCA financial assistance such as grants and loansMPCA 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.

Refer to the posted request for proposals for complete details.

  • Application deadline: March 11, 2020
  • Eligible applicants: Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, institutions, political subdivisions of the state, and tribal governments. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged.
  • Match requirement: 25% or more of the total project budget from local direct and indirect matching support. Match may be in the form of in-kind services or cash. A reasonable dollar-value must be assigned to all in-kind matches. The match cannot be met with services or funds derived from other grant sources administered by the MPCA.

Application materials

Environmental Assistance grant round: Climate adaptation

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-27a-fy20-1)

This document describes the State Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Environmental Assistance (EA) grant round, including information on who may apply for funding, the funding priorities, match requirements, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants plan their project and submit a competitive application. Applications are due no later than 2:00 p.m. Central Time on March 11, 2020.

File Application form (p-f2-27c-fy20-1)

Office spreadsheet icon Budget and expenditures report (p-f2-27e-fy20-1)

File Project workplan and budget (p-f2-27f-fy20-1)

File Affidavit of noncollusion (p-f2-27g-fy20-1)

Other references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-27d-fy20-1)

Questions and answers

Submit questions regarding this RFP to grants-loans.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “EA Question”, no later than 4:00 p.m. Central Time on March 2, 2020. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on this web page.

PDF icon Frequently asked questions (p-f2-27b-fy20)

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants, and contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Background

Minnesota's climate already is changing rapidly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Climate adaptation is about developing and implementing strategies, initiatives, and actions to help human and natural systems cope with and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Adaptation is a form of risk management. Many important climate-influenced effects have already changed. They will continue to change in the decades ahead even if greenhouse gas emissions were to stop immediately.