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Environmental Assistance (EA) Grants - Climate Adaptation

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, Institutions,
and Tribal Governments to Address Environmental Issues

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Deadline Date:

03/11/20 2:00 PM Central Time (Electronic Receipt)


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, units of government, institutions, and tribal governments to address environmental issues. Eligible projects areas include climate change, pollution, waste management, and the preservation of natural resources. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate innovation and those that benefit underserved communities and areas of concern for environmental justice.

MPCA is soliciting grant applications to research, develop, and implement strategies for communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change and improve community resilience while achieving positive environmental outcomes. These efforts will prevent or reduce the environmental impacts including waste and pollution caused by warming temperatures and extreme precipitation while protecting public health and well-being.

Eligible grant costs are limited to the costs of:

  • Researching, developing, or implementing environmental assistance projects or practices in Minnesota
  • Equipment costs may be eligible on a case-by-case basis
  • Unless specified as ineligible, a determination of eligible costs will be dependent on the proposed project

For examples of fundable projects, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 145422

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum or maximum individual grant amount for other fundable projects except as limited by the total amount available.

For Inflow and Infiltration (I&I), focused projects, the maximum grant award, per project, will not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

For purposes of the workplan and budget, a project start date of July 10, 2020 shall be assumed. The end date of the grant agreement will be no later than June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, institutions, political subdivisions of the state, and tribal governments. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged.

Ineligible applicants:
- Per Minn. R. 9210.0805, subp. 9, the definition of eligible persons specifically excludes the MPCA and State employees
- Any individual and businesses (for-profit)
- Applicants debarred by state, its departments, commissions, agencies, or political subdivisions

Ineligible projects
- Projects seeking funding for general operating expenses
- Projects for environmental compliance remediation
- Projects limited to individual benefit or do not have a broad community impact
- Projects that do not meet the eligibility specifications identified in the RFP

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 2:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Submit questions regarding the RFP via email, no later than 4:00 p.m. Central Time on March 2, 2020. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on the URL for Full Text below.

The MPCA anticipates notifying applicants of award status within 60 days of closing of the application period.

Match requirement: 25% or more of the total project budget from local direct and indirect matching support. 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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions regarding the RFP to, subject line: “EA Question”.

Email applications to with the subject line: EA application.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

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