Waste reduction and reuse grant

Closeup photo of a hand and hammer, applying an upholstery tack to the seat of a wooden chair.Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, businesses, public and private institutions, and tribal governments are encouraged to apply for this Environmental Assistance grant.

These grant funds can be used for projects that expand waste reduction and reuse, repair, and rental efforts. These strategies decrease demand for new products and extend the useful life of existing materials, which supports the local economy and increases access to products and services. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, lower the demand for resource extraction, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

  • Application deadline: January 5, 2022
  • Total funding: Approximately $119,000
  • Match: At least a quarter (25%) of the grant amount is required. The match may be in the form of in-kind services or cash.

Refer to the request for proposals (RFP) with full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application materials

Application deadline: January 5, 2022

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-27a-fy22-2)

This document describes the State Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) 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 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

File Project application and workplan (p-f2-27c-fy22-2)

File Budget (p-f2-27e-fy22-2)

File Sample grant agreement (p-f2-27d-fy22-2)

Questions and answers

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants directly. Contacting MPCA personnel directly about this RFP instead of using the email process below may result in disqualification.

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must submit questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us no later than January 3, 2022 (4 p.m. CST) using the subject line: “EA Grants - Waste Reduction and Reuse Grant Question.” Answers to questions will be posted frequently on this web page.

Q1: I am hoping to understand if an all-electric refuse truck would qualify in this grant program – since the example: “… purchase of reusable equipment that supports the transition away from single use alternatives…” would fit the description of a recycling/refuse truck, while the electric aspect would benefit the community through environmental gain.
A1: A proposal to purchase an all-electric refuse truck would not be eligible for this grant program. The intent with the listed example project is for the reusable product or equipment to replace an equivalent item that is only used once. For example, purchasing reusable food ware (glasses, plates/bowls, cutlery, etc.) and dishwashing equipment in order to replace single-use food ware (typically made from paper or plastic) that is disposed of without reuse. A refuse/recycling truck is collecting single-use items, but not encouraging reuse or a transition away from those single-use items.

Q2: I am a recipient of a CAP grant, we have not begun the project as of yet because we are over budget and material shortages. I have been working with our County HHW specialist and am looking into adding paint to our drop off program. This also sparked the conversation of a re-use room. Would these add on that could be separated from the CAP project be eligible for this grant?
A2: If these two additional projects can be clearly separated from the scope of work approved for the CAP grant, they would be eligible for other MPCA grant funding.

  • For this specific grant program, a paint drop-off program would be eligible only if the collected paint does not need to be processed and manufactured into a new product before use. If the drop-off program intends to collect paint that will be sent to a processor where it is ultimately recycled or disposed of, this would not be eligible.
  • For this specific grant program, a reuse room would be eligible as long as the products/materials collected are available for use in their existing form. For example, collecting household goods, furniture, building materials, etc. that do not need to be processed and manufactured into a new product before use.

Q3: How soon are decisions made after the applications are submitted?
A3: As listed on page 5 of the RFP, “The MPCA anticipates notifying applicants of award status within four to six weeks after closing of the application period.”

Q4: Are city governments eligible? Unsure if we count as a political subdivision.
A4: Yes, city governments are eligible as a political subdivision under the RFP.  

Q5: Are counties eligible for the Waste Reduction and Reuse Grant? State agencies are listed but local government was not clear.
A5: Yes, counties are eligible as a political subdivision under the RFP.

Q6: We are interested in applying for the grant but we have to wait on a road construction project to be finished in fall of 2022 before we can implement our project, is this a problem?
A6: No, this will not be a problem under the RFP.

Q7: What is the time frame for completion of grant activity listed in the workplan?
A7: Grant activities (outlined in the workplan and the grant agreement as noted on page 5 of the RFP under “Execution of grant agreement”) must be completed by June 30, 2025 at the latest. Grant activities do not need to extend to that date, however, and may be completed earlier as long as the agreed-upon goals are met.  

Background

Minnesota is home to more than 10,500 reuse businesses, which account for more than 55,000 jobs. Investing in necessary skills and approaches used by reuse businesses, and raising awareness in our communities on the importance of waste reduction and reuse is a priority for the MPCA.

Learn more about the importance of reuse: PDF icon Reuse: Environmental, economic, & social impacts of reuse in Minnesota (ReUSE Minnesota)