Closed. Grant applications were due December 10.

Chloride reduction grants

Water conditionerWith this $250,000 grant, the MPCA sought an organization that will lead the effort within a selected community in need of chloride reduction in partnership with members of the community and local and state experts. The goal of the project is to develop a strategy to identify, prioritize, educate, and assist appropriate residents, local businesses, community buildings, institutions and industries to upgrade, replace, or optimize their existing water softening systems to a system that will decrease or eliminate salt use and reduce impacts to local water resources. The intent of the RFP is to award funding to a single applicant (single organization).  

Closed: Application deadline was Dec. 10, 2021

  • Eligible applicants: For-profit businesses, local/regional governmental entity, educational institution, tribal government, or non-profit organization.
  • Eligible projects: Applicant must propose a project for one of three scenarios:
    • Community partnerships. Single applicant will partner with at least two specific communities where the project will take place, but may choose as many communities as is necessary to ensure that all the grant funds are utilized.
    • Industrial facilities. Single applicant will work with multiple industrial facilities to evaluate and then modify, replace or upgrade existing hardness reduction equipment.
    • Residential community. Single applicant will work within a community to assess and develop a program to address residential water softening systems.
  • Grant amount: $250,000 (the grant will be awarded to a single applicant). Applicant must provide 25% match as in-kind or cash match. Grant funds must be spent and project completed by June 30, 2023.

Background

Chloride levels continue to rise in Minnesota’s surface waters and groundwater, with 50 surface waters already exceeding level’s that are considered acceptable to keep our freshwater fish, insects, amphibians and plants healthy. Reducing chloride at the source is needed throughout the state of Minnesota, not only to restore already impacted waters but also to protect all water resources. There are multiple sources to consider, a variety of options to reduce chloride, and a large geographical area to address.

The MPCA seeks proposals from applicants that will provide assistance to local residents, businesses, industries and other facilities within high chloride communities to optimize, upgrade or replace water softening systems. The MPCA is seeking an organization that will lead the effort within selected communities in need of chloride reduction in partnership with members of the community and local and state experts. The goal of the project is to develop a strategy to identify, prioritize, and assist local residents, businesses or industries to optimize, upgrade or replace their existing water softening systems to a system that will decrease or eliminate salt use and therefor reduce impacts to local water resources. Multiple organizations may work together, but one organization will need to submit as the lead applicant.

Visit the MPCA Chloride website for more information about chloride pollution and available resources.

Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust FundThe Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund provided funding support to the MPCA’s Chloride Reduction Program for fiscal year 2021 and 2022, which includes administering the Smart Salting Training program and offering this targeted grant to address chloride pollution from water softening systems.