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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.

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

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

Small, rural, and tribal wastewater technical assistance grant

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

Brownfield assessment grants

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.

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.

Recently closed grants and loans

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: Community planning grants for stormwater, wastewater, and community resilience

The MPCA had $500,000 available to support climate-planning projects in small 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: Refrigerant emission reduction grants

Over $78,000 was available for projects that reduce emissions of refrigerants with high global warming potential.

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: Green chemistry and engineering internship grant

Through this RFP, MPCA seeks to support a Minnesota facility or organization with a grant to underwrite the cost of a summer 2023 Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship.

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.