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Environmental Assistance Grant Funding

by Melissa on March 1st, 2016

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is issuing four Requests for Grant Application (RFGA) to solicit projects for the Fiscal Years (FY) 2016-17 Environmental Assistance (EA) Grant Program.

Applications for financial assistance will be accepted starting February 16, 2016, for projects in the following four (4) Environmental Assistance Grant Rounds:

  1. Burn Barrel Reduction (applications due date: March 15, 2016)
  2. Greater Minnesota Recycling Collection (applications due date: April 13, 2016)
  3. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) (applications due date: May 11, 2016)
  4. Open Category Grants (applications due date: April 13, 2016)
  • Category 1. Communities Adapting to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
  • Category 2. City Sustainability Planning
  • Category 3. Green Chemistry and Engineering Principles in Curricula
  • Category 4. Reduce/Reuse/Repair
  • Category 5. Choosing Safer Products
  • Category 6. Source Separated Organics Composting Access and Training
  • Category 7. Electric Vehicle Charging in Minnesota
  • Category 8. Recycling Market Development

The deadline for application submittal for each of the four FY2016-17 EA Grant Rounds is no later than 2:00 p.m. Central Time on the due date.

Approximately $3 million is available for FY2016-17 EA grant awards to encourage outcome-oriented, economically-driven approaches to pollution prevention, waste reduction, toxicity reduction and resource conservation. Eligible applicants, grant award amounts and minimum matching fund requirements will vary by preferred projects. Each of the four FY 2016-17 EA Grant RFGA provides detailed information on requirements and the process by which applicants may apply for a grant. Each RFGA is available on the MPCA’s EA Grants Program webpage at https://www.pca.state.mn.us/about-mpca/environmental-assistance-grants. The webpage also provides downloadable application forms and links to applicable statutes and rules.

Each EA Grant Round is a competitive application process. Grant offers and awards are contingent on available funding, MPCA approval of final workplans and budgets, and the execution of Grant Agreements. Eligible applicants/applications will be evaluated and ranked by MPCA review teams to determine the projects that best meet the environmental outcomes outlined in the RFGA.

This notice is issued under authority provided in Minnesota Statutes § 115A.0716, subd. 1 and Minnesota Rules Parts 9210.0800 to 9210.0855. Applications must be electronically submitted by the applicable deadlines to grants-loans.pca@state.mn.us.

If you experience difficulty in accessing the MPCA webpage or in electronically submitting your application, please contact the MPCA at grants-loans.pca@state.mn.us (with subject line: “EA Question”) prior to the submittal deadline.

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