Grant closed. Applications were due May 2020.

Grants for solvent and coating emission reductions

Finishing operations can be improved to reduce pollution.

The MPCA sought applications from small businesses, governmental agencies, educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations for $25,000 in grant funding to switch to alternative solvents and coatings that result in measurable reductions in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or to purchase equipment that reduces the use of VOC-containing solvents and coatings.

Closed. The application deadline was May 29, 2020.


VOCs contribute to poor air quality where we live and work. Opportunities to reduce VOCs exist and changes may reduce costs related to permitting, licensing or disposal. However, businesses may need a cost-share incentive to make these changes. The MPCA is offering up this grant funding to help interested organizations take the leap and improve their environmental stewardship.

Common finishing processes include the application of products such as primers, paints, topcoats, stains, varnishes, sealants, solvents, and component parts such as hardeners or catalysts.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from these finishing products 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
  • Other non-wet coat finishes
  • High efficiency equipment

Over $650,000 in grants have already been provided to help businesses make the switch. The new products and equipment will reduce air emissions by approximately 24 tons of VOCs within the first year of use.