Water Softening Grant - due 5/7

The MPCA is offering a new Chloride Reduction grant for the development of a project that provides direct assistance to upgrade and optimize water-softening systems in targeted communities with elevated chloride levels in surface waters or wastewater discharge.

Application deadline: May 7, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

Funding: The grant award is $200,000 (requires a 25% minimum match). The grant will be awarded to a single applicant.

Eligible applicants:

  • Businesses under 500 employees
  • Governmental agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Tribal Entities
  • Nongovernmental organizations (e.g., nonprofit or industry association)
  • Applicants must have relevant experience working on chloride’s impacts to water resources and basic knowledge of water softening systems
  • Applicants must have experience successfully implementing environmental projects or programs working with a variety of partners

Project goal: Award an organization that will lead a chloride reduction project within a selected community in need of chloride reduction. This organization will partner with community members and local experts to develop a strategy to identify high local chloride discharge sources and then assist those targeted local businesses and/or industries to upgrade or optimize existing water softening systems. Upon completion, the grant awardee will track the water softening changes made and then determine the estimated chloride reductions the project has achieved.

For grant application materials and more, visit the MPCA Chloride Reduction Grants webpage