Closed. Application deadline was May 12 (4 p.m.).

Recycling market development grant

A bale of paper collected for recyclingMPCA sought 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.

Projects using any type of recyclable material were considered. Priority projects include uses of:

  • Paper: mixed paper, news, old corrugated cardboard (OCC), and sorted office
  • Glass: includes commercial and residential glass, windshield glass, and window/door glass
  • Plastic: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP),
  • Plastic film: includes retail bag film, pallet wrap film, ag plastic and boat wrap
  • Textiles
  • Finished compost derived from source-separated organics, but excludes the collection or processing of organic material.

The grant money was to be used to 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 was also available for grant money.

Closed: Application deadline was May 12, 2022 (4 p.m. CDT)

  • Total funds: Approximately $800,000
  • Awards: Maximum $300,000; minimum $75,000
  • Match requirement: Applicants must provide at least 20% match of the grant award. (An applicant asking for $100,000 in grant money must provide at least $20,000 in cash and/or in-kind match.)

Application process

The RFP and application materials can only be accessed and submitted through the online SWIFT Supplier Portal. The RFP is termed an “Event” within the SWIFT system.

  1. Click on "Bidding opportunities."
  2. Find the event name (MPCA-Grant-Recycling Market Development) or ID (2000012823).
  3. Click "View Bid Package" to see the RFP and forms. (There’s no need to log in to see the documents.)

You must register in the SWIFT portal to submit an application. Grant applications are only accepted through the SWIFT portal. Applicants interested in applying will need to register as a bidder in the system by clicking on the SWIFT Supplier Portal, then "Register for an Account and Register as a Bidder".

Note: If an applicant is already registered in the SWIFT system as a Supplier (previously known as a vendor), they do not need to register as a bidder. They will need their Supplier ID.

More information can be found in the SWIFT Supplier Portal under "Informational Tips" and "Supplier Portal Help." For questions about applying through SWIFT, please contact the Vendor Assistance Help Desk at 651-201-8100, option 1.

Questions and answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be emailed: grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line “Recycling Market Development Grant 2022 Question”. Staff will gather questions and post answers in the SWIFT Supplier Portal on an at-least weekly basis. All questions must be received by 4:00pm CDT on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Informational webinar

File Recorded Webex: Informational session on the Recycling Market Development grant RFP

Overview of this grant and the RFP process (33 min.). The slide deck can be downloaded from the Supplier Portal web page for this bidding event.