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Green Cost Share - Vehicle Repair, Service and Maintenance

Grants to Minneapolis, Minnesota Auto Repair Shops
for Projects to Reduce Pollution and Health Hazards

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Minneapolis, Minnesota autobody shops for projects that measurably mitigate pollution. Funding is intended to support the transfer of vehicle service, maintenance, and repair businesses to cleaning and painting alternatives and repair methods that result in reduced energy consumption, emissions, and hazardous waste.

The City of Minneapolis values green vehicle repair and maintenance services investing in businesses that reduce pollution in Minneapolis and as a result creating a healthier place to live. The City wants to help Minneapolis vehicle repair, service, and maintenance businesses fund innovative green business practices that focus on air and water quality improvements in Minneapolis. Through its Green Business Cost Sharing Program, the City is offering grants to help fund these businesses move to painting, cleaning alternatives, and repair processes that reduce emissions, hazardous waste, or energy usage. Auto-body shops will be able to switch to water-based paints that reduce air pollution exposure for workers and the surrounding community.

Partial list of example eligible technologies and products for grant funding:

- Aqueous-based paint systems - Basecoat and topcoat systems with lower volatile organic compound (VOC) and/or hazardous air pollutant (HAP) concentrations than what are currently being used.
- High velocity low pressure (HVLP) spray gun(s) - Spray guns that satisfy the Federal National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Subpart HHHHHH.
- Spray gun cleaning equipment - Enclosed cleaning equipment meant to minimize gun cleaner evaporation. The equipment filters and recirculates cleaner for reuse.
- Alternative spray gun cleaning chemicals - Spray gun cleaners that reduce or eliminate VOC emissions when used.
- Petroleum solvent recycling equipment - Equipment that will distill petroleum solvents so they can be reused, reducing solvent purchases, VOC emissions, and waste disposal.
- Aqueous parts washer equipment (manual or cabinet-style automatic) - An aqueous equipment replacement for a current petroleum solvent-based parts washer.
- Alternative parts washer cleaning chemistries - Cleaners with lower volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations or less hazardous compounds than what are currently being used.
- Cleaners that have major ingredients that are identified by the Design for the Environment (DfE) program at EPA.
- Cleaners that are Green Seal certified.

An approved alternative product or technology must be installed, and in use at the place of business by the end of the project.

Any contractor(s) who performs work at the property must meet City of Minneapolis licensing, building permit, and building code requirements. All work must meet City of Minneapolis zoning code, building, fire, and all other regional, state or national code requirements.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179235

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by November 20th, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

1. Any vehicle repair, service or maintenance business in the City of Minneapolis.
2. The cost share applicant must be able to demonstrate the project has measurable pollution reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines are December 1st (2018), February 1st, April 1st, and June 1st, 2019 (until funding is exhausted).

2019 Program Timeline:

- October 15th, 2018: Applications available and accepted
- December 1st, 2018: First Application Deadline
- February 1st, 2019: Second Application Deadline (Funding Dependent)
- April 1st, 2019: Third Application Deadline (Funding Dependent)
- June 1st, 2019: Final Application Deadline (Funding Dependent)
- November 20th, 2019: All projects to be completed
- December 8th, 2019: Final day to submit reimbursement requests

Funds are limited and will be provided “first come, first served."

The City is offering cost shares of a 45% match. Owners must be able to provide 55% matching funds for the project.
Example: $150,000 Project = $67,500 45% Green Business Cost Share + $82,500 55% matching funding from business.

Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, please contact the City of Minneapolis Health Department.

When submitting the application, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that the cost share applicant is the owner of record of the property or business where funds will be used to finance the switch to an approved product or technology. (Copy of property tax record, business license, etc.) In addition, the applicant must include in the application a contractor bid for work or a materials list. Work performed at the property shall be as stated in the bid, and materials purchased shall be as stated in the list. Cost share funds can only be used to compensate for materials and labor specified on the cost share bid.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that product purchases, equipment purchase and installation, or other work proposed have been completed satisfactorily before paying the contractor(s).

Contact Information:

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

Applications may be emailed to:

Or faxed to:
(612) 673-2635

or mailed to:

City of Minneapolis, Environmental Services
Green Cost Share Program
250 South 4th Street - Room 414
Minneapolis MN 55415

Tel. 612.673.2301

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USA: Minnesota: Minneapolis