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

The MPCA sought a grantee to work with small, rural, or tribal publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to develop asset management plans and provide wastewater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES/SDS) technical assistance.

The grantee will perform asset management activities for POTWs. They will work onsite to gather historical information, fill in the gaps where there is missing information, and produce a list (or database) of a system’s complete assets. Some POTWs may use this information to input into a GIS system. POTWs that have or are developing a drinking water asset management system through the Minnesota Department of Health’s set-aside program will be prioritized and coordinated, if possible.

The grantee will also provide some NPDES/SDS permit technical assistance to evaluate small, rural or tribal POTWs, identify wastewater solutions, and help with source identification and reduction work.  

The intent of this RFP is to award funding to one grantee. If multiple organizations work together, there must be one applicant.

Closed: Applications were due October 13, 2023.

Questions and answers

Applicants with questions regarding this RFP must email questions to no later than Tuesday, October 10, 2023, using the subject line: “Wastewater Technical Assistance RFP Question.” Answers to questions will be posted frequently in the SWIFT Supplier Portal.

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants. Contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.


Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations (as defined in 2 CFR § 200.1) incorporated in the State of Minnesota that are qualified and experienced in and have the equipment, vehicles and resources for providing on-site training and technical assistance to rural, small, and tribal municipalities and/or small publicly owned treatment works.

Available funds

Total funding available: $170,000

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 by name (MPCA-Small, Rural, and Tribal Wastewater TA Grants) or ID (2000014565).
  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".

Applicants that are already registered in the SWIFT system as a supplier (previously known as a vendor) can use their supplier ID and do not need to register as a bidder. The Supplier Portal now requires Multi-factor Authentication to sign in, and registered suppliers may have to change passwords. We also suggest clearing your browser cache.

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.