Grant round is closed. Applications were due Dec. 11.

Refrigerant emission reduction grants

Canisters of refrigerantMPCA offered about $185,000 in total grant funding for projects that aim to reduce emissions of high global warming potential greenhouse gas refrigerants, such as Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, from grocery, convenience store, and/or food storage facilities and transport vehicles in Minnesota.

Closed: Application deadline was December 11, 2020

  • Maximum award: $40,000 per applicant
  • The match requirement is 25%, meaning the grant recipient will match at least 25% of the total project cost. Matching funds must be cash and can be obtained through loans or other, non-state grants if the applicant chooses.

Application materials

Refrigerant emission reduction grant (FY21)

PDF icon Addendum 1 (p-f2-44f-fy21)

This addendum shall become part of the Request for Proposal and is to be submitted with the Request for Proposal Response. (December 3, 2020)

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-44a-fy21)

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 pm Central Time on Friday, December 11, 2020.

File Application form (p-f2-44c-fy21)

Additional references

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-44e-fy21)

Questions and answers

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to, subject line: “FY21 Refrigerant 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.


The MPCA is providing this grant funding to identify and encourage voluntary reduction efforts of high air emissions in communities around the state.

Hydrofluorocarbon (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.