Grant round is closed. Applications were due May 15.

Refrigerant emission reduction grants

Canisters of refrigerantMPCA requested grant proposals for projects that aim to reduce emissions of high global warming potential (HGWP) greenhouse gas (GHG) refrigerants from facilities in Minnesota.

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

Closed: Deadline was May 15, 2019

  • Maximum award: $40,000 per applicant
  • Match: There is no match requirement. However, applicants who provide a match, whether cash or in-kind, will rank higher during the application review process.

Application materials

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-44a-fy19)

This document describes the Refrigerant emission reduction 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 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

File Application form (p-f2-44c-fy19)

File Affidavit of non-collusion (p-f2-44e-fy19)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-44f-fy19)

Questions and answers

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “Emission reduction RFP Question”. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on the MPCA website.

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

The MPCA requested proposals from eligible applicants for projects that aim to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants from facilities within Minnesota. The MPCA is providing this grant funding to identify and encourage voluntary reduction efforts of high air emissions in communities around the state.

HFC refrigerants have replaced once widely used ozone-damaging refrigerants such as chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons. While these replacements spare the ozone layer, they trap significantly more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Substitutes to HFC refrigerants are available and there are methods to reduce refrigerant use overall. Some substitutes are available to HFC refrigerants, and alternative methods to reduce refrigerant use can be identified and can reduce emissions associated with refrigerants. Through leak detection, monitoring and repair, system retirement and retrofitting, green refrigerant technology, environmentally friendly refrigerants, and sale and recycling, the emissions from refrigerants can be greatly reduced. More information about refrigerant management.