Online business-to-business secondary materials market and exchange grant

Secondary materials and industrial by-products include paper rollsThe MPCA is offering a grant to create a Minnesota-specific online exchange/transaction platform for B2B transactions of industrial by-products, or secondary/used materials. The grant will either expand or replace the current Minnesota Materials Exchange, and include interactive assistance to facilitate materials transactions. The new platform and accompanying services will allow all types of businesses and non-profits, throughout Minnesota, to post/evaluate/buy/sell/trade industrial by-products, scrap materials and used products on a B2B basis.

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.

Closed: Application deadline was May 9, 2019

  • Eligible applicants: Any person/entity eligible to do business in and with the State of Minnesota may apply.
  • Eligible projects: Requirements as detailed in the RFP
  • Maximum award: $140,000

Application materials

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-45a-fy19)

This RFP assists applicants in applying for state grants. This document describes the Online business-to-business (B2B) secondary materials market and exchange grant, including information on who may apply for funding priorities, activities eligible for funding and other information that will help the applicants plan their project and submit a competitive application. Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm Central Time on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

File Application form (p-f2-45b-fy19)

Office spreadsheet icon Budget (p-f2-45c-fy19)

File Affidavit of non-collusion (p-f2-45d-fy19)

PDF icon Sample grant agreement (p-f2-45e-fy19)

Questions and answers

Applicants with questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “Materials Market/Exchange”. All questions and answers will be posted frequently on the MPCA website.

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 vision for the Market/Exchange is that it will build on the foundation of relatively simple exchanges made on the current MN Materials Exchange to become an even more active reuse hub. The Market/Exchange should be able to handle complex transactions of various industrial by-products and construction/demolition related materials. We also expect that the Market/Exchange will draw in businesses that seek industrial by-products or traditional recyclables in their production, superseding the state’s Recycling Markets Directory. Moreover, we seek a dynamic grantee that will facilitate new product/business and workforce development opportunities via environmentally responsible new uses for secondary materials.

This MPCA effort is in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP). All of these organizations are contributing funding, limited staff time, and/or other support (promotion, lists of Minnesota businesses, etc.) to this grant project.

This grant will provide funds for one year to a grantee to:

  • Customize an online platform
  • Transfer current users of the MN Materials Exchange to the new platform
  • Create a powerful launch campaign with related events, drawing in 75–100 Minnesota businesses of all sizes including high-profile companies from Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition.
  • Reach specific performance goals for launch, time-specific membership numbers, and number of transactions.