Waste reduction and reuse grants

The MPCA has approximately $139,000 available to support waste reduction and reuse projects across the state.

Given the significant environmental impact of Minnesota’s building system, MPCA programming is focused on investing in sustainable management of buildings and building materials. For this grant round, applications that invest in maintaining existing structures, reuse salvaged materials, or strengthen efforts for deconstruction will be scored more favorably.

Questions and answers

Submit questions about this grant to grants.pca@state.mn.us with the subject line “FY23 EA Waste Reduction & Reuse Grants” no later than 4:00 pm on November 15, 2022.

MPCA employees cannot answer questions about this grant opportunity, and direct contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, businesses, institutions, political subdivisions of the state (including counties, cities, towns, etc.), state agencies, and tribal governments. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged.

Applicants asking for less than the minimum grant award ($30,000) will be deemed ineligible.

Available funds

Total available funds: $139,000

Minimum award: $30,000 (There is no maximum individual grant amount for projects except as limited by the total amount available.)

Applicants must match at least 25% of the grant request.

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 and view the event name “MPCA-EA: Waste Reduction and Reuse“ or Event ID: 2000013456).
  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.

More information

Waste reduction and reuse (including resale, repair, and rental) in Minnesota have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, reduce the demand for resource extraction, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. These strategies decrease demand for new manufacturing and extend the useful life of existing materials, which supports the local economy and increases access to products and services.
 

Hierarchy of waste management from most preferred to least preferred in this order: reduce, reuse, recycle, organics recycling, waste to energy, landfill with gas recovery, landfill.