The MPCA sought a contractor to lead the effort — in partnership with tribal nations, hearth retailers, and other entities — to identify and replace tribal members' old wood stoves that are not certified by the U.S. EPA. Wood smoke accounts for more than half of the fine particulate pollution caused by humans in the Minnesota. Fine particles can cause serious health impacts. Heating with old, non-EPA certified wood stoves and other wood heating appliances is a significant contributor to these fine particle emissions.
Questions and answers
Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: “FY 23 Wood Stove Changeout”, no later than 3 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2022 (central time). Answers to questions will be posted frequently in the SWIFT Supplier Portal. MPCA employees cannot answer questions about this grant opportunity; direct contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.
Eligible applicants must be one of the following:
- Tribal government
- For-profit businesses with fewer than 500 employees
- Government entity, educational institution, or nonprofit organization with any number of employees
Approximately $75,000 was available to an eligible contractor.
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.
- Go to the online SWIFT portal.
- Click "Bidding opportunities".
- Find and view the event name “MPCA-Wood Stove Changeout“ or Event ID: 2000013632.
- 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.
The goal of this grant is to reduce emissions of fine particles and other pollutants as well as personal exposure to wood smoke pollution for all tribal members. The EPA has updated standards for wood heating devices. Learn more: