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Open grants and loans

Grants and low-interest loans are available to help businesses meet or exceed environmental regulations, and to cover costs associated with projects, equipment, investigation and cleanup.

Statewide recycling market development grants

Approximately $5.3 million to support recycling market development projects across the state.

Vapor recovery grants for gasoline dispensing facilities in Minnesota

Approximately $274,000 is available for eligible applicants and projects that aim to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during the filling of underground storage tanks at gasoline dispensing facilities.

Implementation grants for stormwater resilience

The MPCA is soliciting project proposals to distribute $35 million to communities for projects to prepare local stormwater infrastructure for the impacts of climate change.

Drinking water planning and design funds for PFAS treatment

Funding for planning and design of PFAS treatment systems for owners and operators of community drinking water supply systems in Minnesota.

Grants for brownfield investigation

Apply for funds to help assess sites with known or suspected contamination and develop remediation plans.

Environmental assistance loans

Loans are available to defray the capital costs of installing waste or pollution prevention machinery or equipment.

Small business environmental improvement loans

Zero-percent interest loans help small businesses purchase equipment to meet or exceed environmental regulations, or to investigate and clean up contaminated sites.

Clean Water Partnership loans

Clean Water Partnership loans help local units of government fund projects that protect and restore water quality in lakes, streams, and groundwater aquifers.

Dry cleaner cost share funding

Apply for funds to help your dry-cleaning business stop using perchloroethylene (perc) in your processes. The chemical will be banned in Minnesota starting in 2026.

Get the Lead Out - Lead-free fishing tackle rebate program

Retail establishments can receive a 35% rebate on purchases of lead-free tackle for resale.

Upcoming grants and loans

Local climate action grants

The 2023 Minnesota Legislature set aside funds for local climate action grants to help communities across Minnesota reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.

Community air monitoring pilot grant

The 2023 Minnesota Legislature in HF2310 set aside funds for community air monitoring projects centering on the community. The process is being developed to seek proposals for this money.

Technical assistance contracts

Contractors perform environmental investigations and other response actions at sites throughout Minnesota that pose a threat to the environment, and the public’s health and safety. When opportunities are available, the MPCA seeks proposals from qualified experienced environmental contractors to perform this work.

Contractor to assist with collecting water quality data

MPCA is seeking a qualified contractor to assist with collecting water quality data in 56 streams/rivers and 1 lake, located in northwest and north-central Minnesota.

Recently closed grants and loans

Closed: High-emitting vehicle repair grant

The MPCA sought applications from contractors to partner with auto repair shops, dealerships, tech colleges or other entities to identify and fix high-emitting vehicles.

Closed: Solar panel reuse and recycling study

MPCA sought contract proposals from qualified contractors to produce a report on developing a statewide system to reuse and recycle solar equipment in the state.

Closed: Request for pro bono services for public engagement and project management

Request for pro bono services for public engagement and project management for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate

Closed: Refrigerant emission reduction grants

Funding was available for projects that that aim to reduce emissions of high global warming potential (HGWP) refrigerants in retail settings in Minnesota.

Closed: Statewide waste reduction and reuse grants

The MPCA had just over $1 million available to support waste reduction and reuse projects across the state.

Closed: Planning grants for stormwater, wastewater, and community resilience

The MPCA had $750,000 available to support climate-planning projects in communities across Minnesota.

Closed: Climate calculator tool for use in environmental review

The EQB sought proposals to build a climate calculator tool that assists users in quantifying greenhouse gas emissions for all proposed projects.

Closed: Clean heavy-duty off-road equipment grant

Grant opportunity to fund off-road clean diesel projects in Minnesota. Total funding was approximately $1.4 million.

Closed: Greater MN waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting grants

MPCA had approximately $1 million for projects outside the Twin Cities metro that increase the efficiency or effectiveness of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, or composting programs.

Closed: Small, rural, and tribal wastewater technical assistance grant

MPCA sought a grantee to work with small, rural, or tribal publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to develop asset management plans and provide wastewater technical assistance.

Closed: Sewer overflow and stormwater reuse municipal grants

The MPCA had $625,000 available to support projects that provide planning and design services for infrastructure projects to replace aging and obsolete infrastructure in Environmental Justice communities across Minnesota.

Closed: Electric school bus grant

MPCA sought proposals from eligible applicants to fund electric school buses in the state of Minnesota.

Solid Waste Processing Facilities Capital Assistance Program

CAP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to encourage investment in the proper management of solid waste.

Closed: Destructive technology test on PFAS concentrate

This RFP was intended to provide a mechanism for interested parties to acquire a limited volume of PFAS concentrate for PFAS destructive technology testing purposes.

Closed: Wastewater pond optimization implementation capital grant

MPCA had $200,000 to fund repairs of wastewater pond systems.

Closed: Remediation Master Contract

MPCA sought proposals from qualified experienced environmental contractors to perform environmental investigations and other response actions at sites throughout Minnesota.

Closed: Grants to improve air quality

The MPCA sought proposals from eligible applicants for projects that aim to reduce air emissions.

Closed: Heavy duty diesel vehicle and transit bus replacement grant

MPCA offered nearly $2 million in grant funds to help pay for new, cleaner models of targeted vehicles powered by diesel, diesel hybrid electric, natural gas, or propane.

Closed: Replacing failing septic systems to protect groundwater grant

The MPCA had $2 million available for grants to counties to assist low-income landowners with septic systems failing to protect groundwater or posing an imminent threat to public health or safety.

Closed: Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging station grants

The MPCA had $664,000 available to install Level 2 EV charging stations in public places, workplaces, and multiunit dwellings.

Closed: Wood-stove changeout contractor grant

The MPCA sought a contractor to lead the effort to identify and replace tribal members' old wood stoves that are not certified by the U.S. EPA.