Small community planning grants for stormwater, wastewater, and community resilience

The MPCA has $350,000 available to support climate-planning projects in communities with populations of less than 10,000. This funding will help communities assess vulnerabilities and plan for the effects of Minnesota’s changing climate in three areas:

  • Improving stormwater resilience and reducing localized flood risk
  • Improving the resilience of wastewater systems
  • Reducing human health effects and adapting community services, ordinances, and public spaces

The effects of climate change are being felt across the state, from overwhelmed infrastructure, damaged property, dying trees and culturally important native species, to excessive heat, worsened air quality, and other health threats. Minnesota state government is partnering with local communities to assess needs, develop climate-adaptation plans, and make changes so that we are ready for what lies ahead.

Questions and answers

MPCA employees cannot legally answer questions about this grant opportunity. Please submit questions about this grant to grants.pca@state.mn.us with the subject line “FY 23 Small Community SWC Resilience Grants” no later than noon on October 11, 2022. Contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Eligibility

Tribal nations, cities, counties, towns/townships, soil and water conservation districts, water management organizations, and water districts that have or serve populations of less than 10,000 are eligible to apply.

Available funds

Total funding available: $350,000

How to apply

The request for proposal (RFP) and application materials can only be viewed through the online SWIFT portal. The RFP is termed an “Event” within the SWIFT system.

  1. Go to the online SWIFT portal.
  2. Click on "Bidding opportunities".
  3. Find the event name MPCA-Small Communities Planning for SWC Resilience or ID (2000013325).
  4. Click "View Bid Package" to see the RFP and forms. (There’s no need to log in to see the documents.)

Grant applications are only accepted through the SWIFT portal. Applicants interested in applying will need to register as a bidder in the system by clicking on the SWIFT Supplier Portal, then "Register for an Account and Register as a Bidder".

Note: If an applicant is already registered in the SWIFT system as a supplier (previously known as a vendor), they do not need to register as a bidder. They will need their supplier ID.

Visit the SWIFT Supplier Portal under "Informational Tips" and "Supplier Portal Help" for more information. For questions about applying through SWIFT, please contact the vendor assistance help desk at 651-201-8100, option 1.

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Prepare your community for climate change: New planning grants - Stormwater, wastewater, community infrastructure