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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 auto repair 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 Green Cost Share Program offers grants to help fund auto-body shops 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 you are currently using.
  • 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 in your shop, reducing solvent purchases, VOC emissions, and waste disposal.
  • Aqueous parts washer equipment (manual or cabinet-style automatic): An aqueous equipment replacement for your 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 you are currently using. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179235

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

An approved alternative product or technology must be installed, and in use at the place of business by December 8th, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
Any vehicle repair, service or maintenance business in the City of Minneapolis.

Ineligible costs include labor costs of employees.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: December 1st (2019), February 1, April 1, and June 1 (2020) (until funding is exhausted).

Prior to applying, meet with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MNTAP) to review your project. MNTap will assist on the technical aspects of the cost share like quantifying emissions, industry specific processes, and energy efficiency for business and industry.

The cost share applicant must be able to demonstrate the project has measurable pollution reduction.

Owners must be able to provide 55% matching funds for project. For example: $150,000 Project = $67,500 45% Green Business Cost Share + $82,500 55% matching funding from business.

Applicant is responsible for arranging all the upfront project financing.

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.

Email Cost Share Application and all attachments to

Visit or call (612) 624-1300 to arrange a pre-application technical assistance meeting.

Minneapolis Health Department
250 South 4th Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Tel.: 612.673.2301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: City of Minneapolis

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