High-emitting vehicle repair grant

Vehicle tail pipe for exhaustMPCA solicited applications from contractors to partner with auto repair shops, dealerships, tech colleges or other entities to identify and fix high-emitting vehicles.

Closed: Application deadline was February 8, 2019

  • Eligible applicants: For-profit businesses with under 500 employees; governmental entity, educational institution, or non-profit organization with any number of employees
  • Funding: Approximately $25,000 in funding is currently available, with the potential for up to an additional $25,000 available in the near term.
  • Maximum grant amount: $25,000. Applicant must match grant funding dollar for dollar. Match funding may be cash, in-kind, or other grants.

The request for proposals (RFP) has full details on who may apply, eligible project costs, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Application materials

Closed: Application deadline was February 8, 2019

PDF icon High-emitting vehicle repair grant: Request for proposals (p-f2-37a-fy19)

This document describes the High-emitting vehicle repair 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 February 8, 2019 (4:00 p.m. Central Time).

File Application form (p-f2-37b-fy19)

File Affidavit of non-collusion (p-f2-37c-fy19)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-37d-fy19)

Questions and answers

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “High-emitting Vehicle Repair Grant Question.” Answers to questions will be posted frequently on this web site.

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

Overview

The Twin Cities and other regions of the state are close to falling out of compliance with federal air quality standards for ozone ("nonattainment"). To maintain compliance, a series of early actions is needed.

Ozone is created by a variety of sources throughout Minnesota. One of the primary contributors is mobile sources: cars and trucks operating on the streets and highways of Minnesota. National studies indicate that just 10 percent of cars and light trucks create nearly 50 percent of the overall vehicle pollution.

This project is aimed at cleaning up these high-emitting vehicles. MPCA is seeking a contractor(s) that will partner with auto repair shops, dealerships, tech colleges or other entities to identify and fix vehicles with faulty emissions systems. This program is intended to offer free emission repairs (up to a certain dollar amount) on older vehicles in densely populated, low-income population areas where a higher proportion of these high emitting, older vehicles are expected to exist. This will not only reduce emissions but also help promote environmental justice in low income neighborhoods by reducing ground-level exposure to vehicle pollution.