Grant round closed April 8.

Grants for wood and metal finishing operations

Finishing operations can be improved to reduce pollution.MPCA is offering approximately $125,000 in grant funding for small businesses and organizations to switch to alternative wood, wood composite, or metal finishing products.

Closed: Applications deadline was April 8, 2019 (4:00 p.m.)

  • Eligible applicants: In order to be eligible, finishing operations must be integral to the manufacturing of final saleable products. The organization must be either: for-profit business located in Minnesota with under 500 employees; or a governmental entity, educational institution, or non-profit organization within Minnesota with any number of employees.
  • Maximum grant award: $15,000 per applicant with a 50% required minimum match.

Some projects, such as equipment associated with UV or IR cured products, may exceed the maximum award amount available from this grant. The low-interest Small Business Loan program is available year-round for capital equipment purchases.

Application materials

PDF icon Wood and metal finishing operations grant: Request for proposals (p-f2-39a-fy19)

This document describes the wood and metal finishing operations grant, including information on who may apply for funding, match requirements, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants submit an application. Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm Central Time on April 8, 2019.

File Application form (p-f2-39b-fy19)

File Affidavit of non-collusion (p-f2-39f-fy19)

File Emissions calculator (p-f2-39c-fy19)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-39e-fy19)

PDF icon Evaluation methods (p-f2-39d-fy19)

Questions and answers

Applicants with questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “Wood and metal finishing operations question”.  Answers will be posted frequently on this web site.

See questions and answers about this grant round

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants outside of the question and answer forum. Contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Background

VOC and HAP air pollutants contribute to poor air quality where we live and work. These emissions can be reduced through the use of improved finishes such as wet-coat low-VOC, low-HAP, high solids, and water-based products; dry, powder coating; ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) cured products; liquid plastic coating products; and other non-wet coat finishes. Existing wet-coat finishing processes include the application of products such as primers, paints, topcoats, stains, varnishes, sealants, solvents, and component parts such as hardeners or catalysts.