Toxicity reduction grants

Dollar sign to highlight MPCA financial assistance such as grants and loansThe MPCA has approximately $65,000 available for grant awards. The MPCA will select for award those projects that best meet the environmental outcomes outlined in this RFP within funding limitations.

  • Application deadline: December 15, 2020
  • See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on project types and eligibility: who may apply, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Project proposals must fall under at least one of these categories:

  • Curriculum development. Develop and implement curricula to demonstrate green chemistry and/or safer product design at secondary and/or post-secondary educational institutions. Projects must show the development of new syllabi, lesson plans and/or lab experiments; number of enrolled students reached; pre/post testing to measure green chemistry/safer product design awareness; or achievement of waste reduction as a result of new lab experiments developed. Maximum grant award, per project: $15,000.
  • Community-focused product toxicity reduction. Develop and implement outreach on a community scale to reduce exposure to commonly used products which contain chemicals of concern, particularly exposures among children, women who are pregnant or preparing for pregnancy, employees in their workplaces, or other subpopulation experiencing disproportionate or localized exposures to multiple environmental toxins and other stressors. Projects may focus on local businesses or institutions with common opportunity to change the content of products provided to the public, particular groups of consumers or neighborhood residents with common exposure concerns, or other groups as the proposer identifies. Maximum grant award, per project: $50,000.

Application materials

Environmental assistance grant round: Toxicity reduction (State FY2021)

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

This document describes this State Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Environmental Assistance (EA) grant round for toxicity reduction projects, 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 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

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

File Budget and expenditures report (p-f2-27e-fy21-2)

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

Additional references

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

Questions and answers

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must submit questions to grants-loans.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “EA Toxicity Reduction Question”, no later than 4:00 p.m. Central Time on December 10, 2020. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on this webpage.

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: Is lead ammunition and tackle inside the scope of this grant for the community focused product toxicity reduction area?
A1: Yes.

Background

Funding for this FY21 EA grant round comes from the Environmental Fund and other sources as appropriated by the Legislature for programs administered by the MPCA. The EA grant round is a competitive application process.