Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
03/13/18 2:00 PM CT Receipt
Grants starting at $20,000 to Minnesota political subdivisions located outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area for the development of recycling and composting programs. Projects must contain an educational component and yield measurable outcomes. Priority will be given to projects in undeserved communities and locations of concern for environmental justice.
The Environmental Assistance (EA) Grant Program was established under Minn. Stat. § 115A.0716 and is administered by the MPCA under Minn. R. 9210.0800 to 9210.0845. The purpose of the EA Grant Program is to provide financial assistance for researching, developing, or implementing projects and practices related to all aspects of waste management and prevention, including hazardous substances, toxic pollutants, and problem materials. Additionally, market development and education grants are also allowed under the laws governing these grants. The MPCA seeks to encourage environmentally-sustainable practices and approaches to pollution prevention and resource conservation.
The 2017 Minnesota Legislature allocated funding for recycling and composting grants under Minn. Stat. § 115A.565 for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2021. The allocated funds were purposed for projects that focus on best practices for recycling or composting collection systems. All projects must be locally administered, have an educational component with measurable outcomes, and include one or more of the following elements:
1. Establish curbside recycling or composting,
2. Increase recycling or composting,
3. Reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering disposal facilities, or
4. Reduce the costs associated with hauling waste by locating collection sites as close as possible to the site where the waste is generated.
To be eligible for grants, a political subdivision must be located outside the seven-county metropolitan area and a city must have a population of less than 45,000. Projects demonstrating innovation and those benefitting communities with higher concentrations of low-income residents and people of color, including tribal communities, will be rated higher.
It is the policy of the State of Minnesota to ensure fairness, precision, equity, and consistency in competitive grant awards. This includes implementing diversity and inclusion in grant-making. The Policy on Rating Criteria for Competitive Grant Review establishes the expectation that grant programs intentionally identify how the grant serves diverse populations, especially populations experiencing inequities and/or disparities. This grant prioritizes communities with higher concentrations of low-income residents and people of color, including tribal communities.
The MPCA invites eligible applicants to submit applications for the following FY18-19 Greater MN recycling and composting grant round.
There are a number of best practices a community can implement that result in greater collection of recyclable materials. Implementation of proven best practices can improve recycling program efficiency and effectiveness.
Funding will be awarded for projects that focus on increasing recycling and/or organics collection processing. Some examples of best practices include:
-Increase collection of recyclables (e.g., implementation of a countywide curbside program, increasing frequency of collection, or collection of new materials).
-Transition to single-sort recycling collection.
-Establish or expand curbside, drop-site, or processing capacity of source-separated organic materials
-Establish or expand food rescue or food-to-livestock programs.
-Development or expansion of programs for hard to recycle and bulky materials, including, but not limited to, mattresses, car seats, concrete, shingles, electronic waste, etc.).
-Any other project that will expand or improve recycling or composting programs in greater Minnesota.
To be eligible to receive a grant, a project must:
1. Be locally administered;
2. Have an educational component and measurable outcomes;
3. Request $250,000 in grant funding or less;
4. Demonstrate local direct and indirect matching support of at least a quarter amount (25%) of the grant request; and
5. Include at least one of the following elements: a. Transition to residential recycling through curbside or centrally located drop-sites; b. Development of local recycling systems to support curbside; c. Development or expansion of local recycling systems to support recycling bulk materials.
Projects that benefit previously underserved communities and areas of concern for environmental justice will be rated higher. The MPCA considers communities with higher concentrations of low-income residents and people of color, including tribal communities, to be areas of concern for environmental justice. MPCA’s criteria and interactive mapping tool are here. Applicants of relevant projects are asked to evaluate and describe how the proposed project activities benefit these areas.
Eligible grant costs are limited to the costs of:
-Researching, developing, or implementing environmental assistance projects or practices in Minnesota.
-Equipment (e.g., recycling carts, containers, totes) necessary to expand the collection system for residential and commercial customers.
-Unless specified as ineligible, a determination of eligible costs will be dependent on the proposed project.
GrantWatch ID#: 145422
The maximum grant award(s) is $250,000 or 75% of total project cost, whichever is less. Applications requesting less than $20,000 will not be considered for funding under this grant round.
The estimated start date of the project is approximately 60 calendar days from the date of an award offer, or the date the State obtains all required signatures, whichever is later. The end date of the grant agreement will be no later than June 30, 2021.
-For the FY18-19 Greater MN recycling and composting grant round, eligible applicants are political subdivisions in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged. If the applicant is a city, the city’s population must be less than 45,000.
-Per Minn. R. 9210.0805, subp. 9, the definition of eligible persons specifically excludes the MPCA, -State employees or any subdivision/agent thereof.
-Applicants debarred by state, its departments, commissions, agencies, or political subdivisions.
Unless specified otherwise ineligible projects include:
-Projects requesting grant funding for less than $20,000.
-Projects seeking funding for general operating expenses.
-Projects seeking funding to replace existing equipment or containers without also demonstrating increased access to recycling and/or organics collection that will result in the collections of additional materials.
-Projects for environmental compliance remediation.
-Projects limited to individual benefit, a non-innovative local benefit or do not have a broad community impact.
-Projects that do not meet the eligibility specifications identified in this RFP for the FY18-19 Greater MN recycling and composting grant round.
-Application not submitted and received by the applicable deadline.
Ineligible costs do not count toward the required matching funds percentage unless stated otherwise.
-The cost of preparing the grant application.
-The cost of activities initiated and costs incurred prior to execution of a grant agreement.
-The cost of general operating support such as routine overhead expenses not related to the proposed project.
-The cost of environmental compliance remediation.
-The purchase of real property (land, real estate, and buildings), or easements. However, if not incurred prior to execution of a grant agreement, such costs may count toward the required match percentage.
-The cost of obtaining any required permits from the MPCA. However, if not incurred prior to execution of a grant agreement, such costs may count toward the required match percentage.
-The cost of any of the following: fundraising; lobbying, lobbyists, and political contributions; entertainment, gifts; and bad debt, late payment fees and finance charges.
-The cost to replace existing equipment or containers without also demonstrating increased access to recycling and/or organics collection that will result in the collections of additional materials.
Local direct and indirect matching support of at least a quarter amount (25%) of the grant request is required. The match may be in the form of in-kind services or cash. A reasonable dollar-value must be assigned to all in-kind matches. The match cannot be met with services or funds derived from other grant sources administered by the MPCA.
Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must submit questions via email no later than 4:00 PM Central Time on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
All questions and answers will be posted by 4:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 9, 2018.
Applications must be received electronically by the MPCA no later than 2:00 PM Central Time on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The email properties header will reflect the date and time submissions are received. Application submittals received after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
The MPCA anticipates notifying applicants of award status within 45 days of closing of the application period.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Minnesota: Statewide, excluding the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area