Grant round is closed. Applications were due Feb. 21, 2019

Grants for vapor recovery equipment

Coaxial drop tube with auto shut offClosed: MPCA offered grant funding for installation or repairs on stage 1 vapor recovery systems (vapor recovery) at filling stations across Minnesota. Application deadline was February 21, 2019

  • Eligible applicants: Businesses under 500 employees and governmental agencies, tribal nations, educational institutions, or non-governmental organizations (e.g., nonprofits, trade groups, industry associations) with any number of employees. The most cost-effective projects will score highest, with additional preference given to projects located in environmental justice and health concern areas.
  • Maximum grant award: $24,000 with a 50% required minimum match.

Grants can be combined with low-interest small business loans up to $50,000 for capital equipment purchases that help meet or exceed environmental regulations.

During evaluation, the MPCA will determine each applicant’s emissions reductions and cost-effectiveness using this tool: Office spreadsheet icon Stage 1 vapor recovery emission reduction calculator (p-sbap5-38)

Application materials

Closed: Application deadline was February 21, 2019

PDF icon Stage 1 vapor recovery grant: Request for proposals (p-f2-36a-fy19)

This document describes the Stage 1 Vapor Recovery Grant: 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, February 21, 2019.

File Application form (p-f2-36b-fy19)

File Affidavit of noncollusion (p-f2-36c-fy19)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-36d-fy19)

PDF icon Project evaluation methods (p-f2-36g-fy19)

Office spreadsheet icon Stage 1 vapor recovery emission reduction calculator (p-sbap5-38)

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.


Vapor recovery equipment captures vapors that are released when gasoline is pumped from a tanker truck into an underground storage tank at a fueling station. These vapors are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to air quality. Stage 1 vapor recovery equipment returns vapors to the truck during transfer, preventing their release. The equipment can reduce emissions by up to 95%, prevent moisture from getting into the tank system, protect employee and customer health, and could generate positive publicity for your business.

All retail locations selling gasoline in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area are required to have a functioning vapor recovery system. A federal rule requires stage 1 vapor recovery on systems with monthly throughput exceeding 100,000 gallons of gasoline.