Dry Cleaner Cost Share program

Person using an iron to press a pair of slacks on an ironing board at a small dry cleaning businessMinnesota has banned the use of Perchloroethylene (perc) as a dry-cleaning solvent starting in 2026.

This cost-share funding can help your dry-cleaning business switch away from perc.

Apply for a grant

This dry cleaner cost share funding is now open via a rolling application RFP process. It provides up to $20,000 for projects that eliminate PERC with an alternative dry cleaning product that is technically viable and environmentally preferable. Those intending to decommission a PERC machine with no replacement (a dry facility no longer cleaning on site) are also eligible.

Refer to the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application materials

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards to eligible applicants will be made on a first come, first serve basis until all funds have been awarded or until April 1, 2024, whichever occurs first.

PDF icon Dry cleaner cost share grant: Addendum 1 (p-f2-57d-fy22)

This addendum will become part of the Request for Proposals and must be submitted with the Request for Proposals response. (Feb. 10, 2022)

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-57a-fy22)

File Application form (p-f2-57a-fy22)

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-57c-fy22)

Ask a question

Questions regarding this RFP must be emailed to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “Dry cleaner cost share rolling application question.”

Answers to questions will be posted frequently on the MPCA web site.

Contact Angela Bourdaghs (651-757-2176) with program inquiries or assistance in completing a dry cleaner cost share rolling application.

Other funding sources

The MPCA encourages applicants to also take advantage of matching fund opportunities, such as the MPCA Small Business Loan Program, which covers equipment costs up to $75,000 at 0% interest. Matching funding through other grant or loan programs is also eligible.

Background

Minnesota has banned the use of Perchloroethylene (perc) as a dry-cleaning solvent starting in 2026. (Minnesota Legislature HF 91, Section 4)

The Legislature set aside $355,000 to help businesses transition. The funding will be available until all $355,000 in funds have been awarded or until June 30, 2024, whichever occurs first.

Making a switch from perc has many benefits:

  • Save money on disposal and purchase costs 
  • Reduce regulatory requirements 
  • Reduce employee and customer exposure to harmful chemicals 
  • Operate an environmentally conscious business