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Environmental Response Fund (ERF)

Grants and Loans to Ramsey County, Minnesota Nonprofits,
For-Profits, and Agencies to Clean Up Contaminated Lands

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Ramsey County Community and Economic Development and Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA)

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Grants and loans to Ramsey County, Minnesota nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and municipalities for capital investments related to the redevelopment of polluted or contaminated properties. The purpose of this program is to transform currently contaminated sites into usable lands.

Minnesota Statutes 383.B.81 (Attachment “A”) states that the ERF may be used for the following activities:

  •  Acquisition through purchase or condemnation of lands or property which are polluted or contaminated with hazardous substances;
  •  Paying the costs associated with indemnifying or holding harmless the entity taking title to lands or property from any liability arising out of the ownership, remediation, or use of the land or property;
  •  Paying for the costs of remediating the acquired land or property;
  •  Paying the costs associated with remediating lands or property which are polluted or contaminated with hazardous substances; or
  •  Paying for the costs associated with improving the property for economic development, recreational, housing, transportation or rail traffic.

Consistent with the legislative requirements of the ERF, Ramsey County affirms the following priorities for expenditure of ERF funds:

  • Development/redevelopment of blighted sites, including orphan sites, that will result in additional jobs at living wages and/or affordable housing; and/or
  • Clean‐up of public land and green space that will enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities.

Ramsey County will maintain an equal fund balance between city and suburban projects appropriate to available and anticipated sources of funding available to the ERF.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155053

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There is no limit on grant funding that may be requested from the Ramsey County ERF.

Funds may be awarded as grants, deferred loans, and/or amortized loans or loans repayable upon the sale of cleaned‐up land at a price no less than the original purchase price plus the actual cost of clean‐up.

Term of Contract:

The project should be ready to be implemented within 90 days of fund award with funds fully expended within 18 months from the time an agreement is executed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ramsey County and Ramsey County municipalities, public and private for-profit and not-for-profit agencies and organizations may apply for Ramsey County ERF funds.

Applicants should have site control prior to requesting ERF gap financing. All projects must receive the written support of the jurisdiction in which they are located.

Funding Limits:
ERF funds are intended as gap financing and applicants should have exhausted funds available from other sources including, but not limited to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the federal government, the Metropolitan Council and the private sector at the time application is made. All applicants for Ramsey County ERF gap financing to mitigate a site must own or demonstrate legal control of the contaminated property and have a pre‐approved Response Action Plan from the State of Minnesota (RAP).

Pre-Application Information:

ERF project proposals will be accepted at the same time application is made to the Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Livable Communities Fund Tax Base Revitalization Account, currently November 1 and May 1 of each year.

The law requires the County to seek matching funds from other public and private sources. Land acquired through the ERF may be resold at fair market value, and proceeds must be deposited in the Ramsey County ERF.

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

Rick Howden, Economic Development Specialist

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USA: Minnesota: Ramsey County

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