MPCA grant funding is now open for cost-effective projects that reduce volatile organic compound emissions (VOCs) in a range of Minnesota-based organizations. VOCs come from solvents, inks, coatings, cleaners, and vehicles as well as process or maintenance equipment used every day across the state. Using alternatives can save money, and protect employee and community health.
VOCs are common air pollutants that can form smog and cause health effects like eye and throat irritation, headaches, and nausea. These effects can be particularly noticeable in highly urbanized communities.
Over 20 Minnesota organizations have already been granted $660,000 to reduce VOCs. These projects reduced about eighteen tons of VOCs annually, equal to more than 72,000 cans of spray paint.
- Small businesses under 500 employees (e.g. manufacturers, printers, industrial finishers, automotive, metal casting, etc)
- Governmental agencies
- Educational institutions
- Trade groups
The maximum grant award is $24,000 with a 50% required match. The most cost-effective projects will score highest. Special consideration will be given for innovative projects from targeted applicants in environmental justice and highly urbanized areas.
Apply now! Deadline May 18, 2018.
If you need help developing a VOC-reducing project or calculating the cost-effectiveness or impact of your project, contact Matt Domski, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, 612-624-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.