Grant round is closed. Applications were due October 2020.

Grants for vapor recovery equipment

Coaxial drop tube with auto shut offThe MPCA is offering approximately $45,000 in grant funding for installation, testing, and repairs on stage 1 vapor recovery systems (vapor recovery) at filling stations across Minnesota.

Closed: Application deadline was October 29, 2020

  • Eligible applicants: Those who hold current UST Contractor Certification by the MPCA and are certified to repair underground storage tanks through the installation of Stage 1 Vapor Recovery equipment at retail, non-retail, and/or government facilities
  • Maximum grant award: $45,000

Application materials

Stage 1 vapor recovery grant

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-36a-fy21)

This document describes the Stage 1 vapor recovery 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 Thursday, October 29, 2020.

File Application form (p-f2-36b-fy21)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-36c-fy21)

Questions and answers

Applicants with questions regarding this RFP must email questions to, subject line: “Vapor Recovery Grant Question.”

Vapor recovery grant questions and answers

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.


All retail locations selling gasoline in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area are required to have a functioning vapor recovery system. A federal NESHAP rule requires stage 1 vapor recovery on systems with throughput of more than 100,000 gallons of gasoline per month. State rules allow Minnesota gas dispensing facilities with a throughput of more than 380,000 gallons per month to operate without an air permit — if they properly install, operate, and maintain a stage 1 vapor recovery system.

VOCs come from many small sources and contribute to smog formation, an ongoing air quality concern in Minnesota. Vapor recovery systems capture up to 95 percent of the volatile organic compound emissions (VOCs) released during gasoline transfer from delivery vehicles into underground storage tanks. Installing vapor recovery systems protect employee and customer health, and could generate positive publicity for your business.