Grant round is closed. Applications were due March 9.

Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grant FY21

EA grant funding for projects that improve recycling and composting in Greater MinnesotaThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) had 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.

Closed: Application deadline was March 9, 2021

  • Total funds: Approximately $1 million
  • Awards: Maximum $250,000 per project
  • Match requirement: 25% (applicants must provide at least 25% match)

Application materials

Environmental Assistance grant round: Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grant FY21

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-27-2a-fy21)

This document describes the State Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Greater Minnesota (MN) recycling and composting 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 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

File Application form (p-f2-27-2c-fy21)

Office spreadsheet icon Budget (p-f2-27-2e-fy21)

File Project workplan (p-f2-27-2f-fy21)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-27-2d-fy21)

Questions and answers

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must submit questions to, subject line: “GM Question”, no later than March 3, 2021. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on this web page.

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

Q1: Are Minnesota Tribal Governments an eligible applicant?
A1: No. Not under this grant round.

Q2: What is a political subdivision?
A2: Minn. Stat. §§ 115A.03, subp. 24 and 465.719 subd. 1 (a): "Political subdivision" means municipal corporation, governmental subdivision of the state, local government unit, special district, local or regional board, commission, or authority authorized by law to plan or provide for waste management.

Q3: If our organization is not an eligible applicant, can I partner with our local units of government?
A3: Yes. If you are not a political subdivision and are located in an eligible city or county, you may partner with your local government as the lead applicant to submit an application.

Q4: Is this a reoccurring grant program and will there be other opportunities to apply?
A4: The MPCA anticipates funding from the Minnesota Legislature to fund future grant rounds under Minn. Stat. § 115A.565. If funded, the MPCA anticipates a new request for proposals in Fall 2021.

Q5: Can I apply for a grant if I am a MNSCU employee and own my own business?
A5: A state employee is ineligible to apply as an individual. For this grant round, eligible applicants are limited to political subdivisions in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities seven-county Metropolitan Area. In order to be eligible, your company would need to collaborate with an eligible political subdivision who would apply for this funding.

Q6: Is it possible to submit the signed Board resolution after the application deadline?
A6: Yes. Submit the draft resolution noting the anticipated submittal date of the signed resolution.

Q7: Is construction of a building an eligible grant expense?
A: Yes.