Closed. Applications were due Jan. 11 (2 p.m.)

Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grants

Picking up recyclables at curbsideCounties, cities, townships, and federally recognized tribes in Minnesota located outside the Twin Cities seven-county Metropolitan Area were encouraged to apply for this Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grant opportunity. These grant funds will support projects that help reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering landfills by helping communities establish best practices to improve local reuse, recycling, or composting program efficiency and effectiveness.

Total funding of the most recent round was approximately $1 million.

Application closed

Closed: Deadline for application was Jan. 11, 2022 (2 p.m.).

The RFP and application materials can only be viewed through the online SWIFT portal. Registration is not required to view the RFP and application materials.

  1. Go to the online SWIFT portal.
  2. Click on "Bidding opportunities"
  3. Find and click on the event name: MPCA-Greater MN Recycling and Composting Grant (ID 2000012224)
  4. Click "View Bid Package" to see the RFP and forms.

You must register in the SWIFT portal to submit an application. Grant applications are only accepted through the SWIFT portal. In order to apply, applicants must click on "Register for an Account" and then "Register as a Bidder." It may take up to two business days to get confirmation of your registration. If you are already registered in SWIFT, use your current username and password.

More information for the SWIFT portal can be found under "Informational Tips" and "Supplier Portal Help." For questions about SWIFT, please contact the Office of State Procurement at 651-201-8100, option 1.

Informational session

File Webex: Informational meeting on the Greater Minnesota recycling and composting grant

MPCA led this informational session on Nov. 23 to provide an overview and take questions. (45 min.)

Ask a question

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss the posted RFP with applicants, and contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to, subject line "Greater MN recycling grant question" no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on Friday, January 7, 2022.

The applicant should check the SWIFT Supplier Portal and the Environmental Assistance Grants Program page for the most recent updates on competitive grant rounds, including questions and answers, and addendums.


The 2021 Minnesota Legislature allocated funding for recycling and composting grants in Greater Minnesota under Minn. Stat. § 115A.565 for fiscal years 2022 through June 30, 2025. For purposes of this RFP, recycling is defined as the process of collecting and preparing recyclable materials and reusing the materials in their original form or using them in manufacturing processes that do not cause the destruction of recyclable materials in a manner that precludes further use. (Minn. Stat. § 115A.03)

Funds are for projects that focus on best practices for recycling or composting collection systems.