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Grants to Minnesota Agencies in Eligible Counties for Environmental Projects

Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) Grants


GrantWatch ID# 181018
Agency: Local

Funding Source
Metropolitan Council - Livable Communities Act (LCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Twin Cities metro region: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/01/22

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota local government agencies in eligible counties for environmental projects. Funding is intended for projects to reduce pollution in the local area, benefit residents, and improve the local economy. The program is intended to support a wide range of projects, from affordable and market rate multi‐family housing to commercial and industrial redevelopment. Projects should benefit eligible communities in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

The Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) provides funding to investigate and clean up brownfields — contaminated land, ground water, or buildings — for redevelopment.

TBRA Grant Programs: 

Successful TBRA applications support redevelopment that eliminates or reduces the risk from contamination, increase the tax base, and create or preserve jobs or affordable housing. There are three TBRA grant categories:  

  • Seeing Equitable Environmental Development (SEED) grants are intended for sites within equitable development areas, as determined by the Council, that show potential for job creation or housing development but do not have a specific redevelopment project in progress, and are seeking public funding for site investigation, partial cleanup, or both. 
  • Site Investigation grants are intended for applicants that have a redevelopment site with suspected or perceived contamination and are seeking public funding to determine the scope and severity of the contamination and to develop a cleanup plan for a specific project.  
  • Cleanup grants are intended for applicants with projects that have recently completed their environmental site investigation or interior abatement assessment and are seeking public funding to assist with the cost of implementing a cleanup or abatement plan.

More about each grant type can be found in the corresponding Program Essentials in Supporting Documents below.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Local government organizations that participate in the Local Housing Incentives Account Program and counties or development authorities (for example, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Economic Development Authority, or Port Authority) in the seven-county metro region.

Developers, individuals, or community organizations cannot apply directly to LCA programs. However, developers and community organizations can and often do work with a government partner to apply.

Applicants with housing projects should have a locally adopted Fair Housing Policy.

Additional Geographic Information:

LCA Participating Communities: https://metrocouncil.org/Communities/Services/Livable-Communities-Grants/LCA-Participating-Communities.aspx

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates
- Round One Due: May 2, 2022; Round One Decision: July 2022
- Round Two Due: November 1, 2022; Round Two Decision: January 2023

Minneapolis-Based Applicants Only: The city of Minneapolis has a pre-application process which has its own due dates. You can find out more about it here: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/business-services/doing-business-with-the-city/community-planning-development-rfps/livable-communities/

Activities paid using grants must be incurred after a grant has been awarded. Grant funds are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Advance preparation is a key to a successful application. The TBRA is coordinated with complementary programs at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). It can take 60-75 days to compile all the environmental information and approvals of the local real estate development entitlements needed to complete a contamination cleanup grant application. In addition, if your project is in Minneapolis or Saint Paul it can take up to 2 months advance notice to get a city resolution of support required for a grant application.

SEED: Local Match: None

Site Investigation: Local Match: 25%  

Cleanup: Local Match: None

Grant information:
https://metrocouncil.org/Communities/Services/Livable-Communities-Grants/WebGrants-Info.aspx

View the recorded webinar: https://youtu.be/90QPbahptIk

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
- SEED grants: $500,000 available with an award limit of $50,000 for investigation grants.  
- Site Investigation grants: $125,000 available in each round with an award limit of $50,000 per project.
- Cleanup grants: $2,375,000 is available in each round. The award limits are 50% of total available funding per city and no more than 75% of total available funding within Minneapolis and St. Paul (these limits are inclusive of all TBRA programs).

Term of Contract
SEED grants: Two years (no extensions)

Site Investigation grants: One Year (no extension)

Cleanup grants: Three years (up to two year extension possible)

Contact Information
Register and Apply Online:
https://metrocouncilgrants.org/index.do

Direct questions to:
Marcus Martin
marcus.martin@metc.state.mn.us

Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
651.602.1000

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