Closed. Application deadline was Jan. 8 (4 p.m.)

Recycling market development grant

A bale of paper collected for recyclingMPCA is seeking applications for grant funding of projects that will build lasting capacity to support recycling markets in Minnesota. The goal is to increase recycling feedstock value, increase end market capacity, divert recyclable materials from disposal, and create jobs in Minnesota.

Priority projects include uses of mixed paper, glass, organics, PET, or plastic film, but projects using any type of recyclable material will be considered.

The grant money must help Minnesota businesses to use recyclable material in their products, thereby increasing local demand for recyclable material. Processing recyclable material into a higher value to use in making a product is also available for grant money.

See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

Closed. Application deadline was January 8, 2021 (4 p.m. CST)

  • Total funds: Approximately $400,000
  • Awards: Maximum $200,000; minimum $50,000
  • Match requirement: 25% (applicants must provide at least 25% match of the grant award)

Application process

The RFP and application materials can only be accessed and submitted through the online SWIFT Supplier Portal.

  1. Click on "Bidding opportunities."
  2. Find the event name (MPCA-Grant-Recycling Market Development) or ID (2000011296).
  3. Click "View Bid Package" to see the RFP and forms. 

More information can be found under "Informational Tips" and "Supplier Portal Help."

Applications for this grant will only be accepted through SWIFT. In order to apply or bid, applicants will need to click on "Register for an Account" and then "Register as a Bidder." (If you are already registered in SWIFT, use your current username and password.)

For questions about SWIFT, please contact the Office of State Procurement at 651-201-8100, option 1.

Questions and answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be emailed:, subject line “Recycling Market Development Grant 2021 Question”.  Staff will gather questions and post answers in the SWIFT system on an at-least weekly basis. All questions must be received by 4:00pm CST on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Informational webinar

MPCA hosted this webinar about this grant opportunity (December 2)