The MPCA is offering Environmental Assistance (EA) grants for projects working to expand waste reduction and reuse, rental, and repair efforts around the state. These strategies have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, reduce the demand for resource extraction, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. By extending the useful life of existing materials and strengthening trained skillsets in repair, reuse also supports the local economy and increases access to products and services.
Application details: Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, businesses, institutions, political subdivisions of the state, State agencies, and tribal governments are encourage to submit proposals for projects. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged.
Application deadline: By 4:00pm CT on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
Examples of eligible projects:
- Prevent or reduce waste through changes in product design, manufacturing, or production.
- Develop and implement training courses that provide skills-building for product repair or other processes that maintain the value of items to avoid or reduce new production.
- Purchase of reusable products and equipment that support the transition away from single-use alternatives.
- Pilot new opportunities or expand capacity for more reuse, rental, and/or repair in the community (e.g. fix-it clinics or repair cafes, sharing libraries, etc.).
Email applications to email@example.com with the subject line “EA Grants - Waste Reduction and Reuse FY22.” Visit the MPCA Environmental Assistance – Waste Reduction & Reuse webpage for more information.
If you have questions about this grant, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: “EA Waste Reduction and Reuse Grant Question.” Questions will be accepted until 4:00pm CT on Monday, January 3, 2022. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on the MPCA Environmental Assistance – Waste Reduction & Reuse webpage.
The MPCA is offering grant funding to help Greater Minnesota communities reduce the amount of waste entering landfills by establishing best practices to reuse more materials and make recycling or composting programs more efficient and effective.
Application details: Minnesota counties, cities, townships or tribal communities outside the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area are encouraged to submit proposals for projects. If the applicant is a city, the city’s population must be less than 45,000. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged.
Application deadline: By 2:00pm CT on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
- Projects must be locally administered, have an educational component with measurable outcomes, and include one or more of the following elements:
- Establish curbside recycling or composting
- Increase recycling or composting
- Reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering disposal facilities
- Reduce the costs associated with hauling waste by locating collection sites as close as possible to the site where the waste is generated
- Preferred projects will focus on implementing or expanding local capacity to:
- Improve collection of traditional recyclables (plastic, glass, food metal containers, and paper)
- Establish or expansion of collection program(s)
- Improving the quality of recyclables by reducing contamination to enhance marketability.
- Transition to single-sort recycling collection
- Establish or expand projects reusing materials in their original form
- Establish or expand organics collection through curbside, commercial, or drop-sites
- Establish or expand processing or transfer capacity for source-separated organic materials
- Development or expansion of programs for hard to recycle and bulky materials (mattresses, car seats, concrete, shingles, electronic waste, etc.)
The request for proposals (RFP) has been posted on our website, and we will host an online training for this RFP on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Please see the grant webpage for full details and information.
If you have questions about this grant, you can email email@example.com with subject line: “Greater MN Recycling Grant.” The applicant should check the SWIFT Supplier Portal and the MPCA Environmental Assistance Grants Program webpage for the most recent updates on competitive grant rounds, including questions and answers, and addendums.