Current Grant Opportunities

Aquatic Invasive Species Pilot Project RFP

The Initiative Foundation has announced a request for proposals from eligible partners to fund the implementation or expansion of innovative pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species into the surface waters of Minnesota and to assess their effectiveness. The foundation will award a total of $3.6 million to fund a limited number of pilot projects. This grant was approved by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Fund, administered by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 15.
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Grants for Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs

The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Youth, Education and Family (YEF) Institute invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to expand afterschool and summer meal programs through the Cities Combatting Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals Programs (CHAMPs) Initiative. Mayors and other city officials can ensure that children in their communities have access to nutritious meals by promoting and supporting these vital federal nutrition programs.

With support from the Walmart Foundation since 2012, NLC, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), has provided grants and technical assistance to 26 cities to help to expand participation in these meal programs. This year, through grants and technical assistance to municipalities, NLC will continue these efforts with a new cohort of six to eight cities.

NLC will select cities through a request for proposals (RFP) process based on cities’ commitment to launching or expanding local efforts to provide afterschool and summer meals utilizing the federal programs resulting in year-round feeding opportunities for children. The deadline to submit proposals is Aug. 15.
View the CHAMPs Request for Proposals (pdf)

Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program. This is an opportunity for funding of regional park and trail projects across Minnesota. Eligible projects include acquisition, development, improvement, and restoration of park- or trail-related facilities of regional or statewide significance outside the metropolitan area as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121. Counties, cities, and townships are eligible to apply. Applications are due by Sept. 26.
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Fire and Rescue Shared Services Feasibility Study Grants

The State Fire Marshal is now accepting applications for Fire and Rescue Shared Services Feasibility Study Grants. It is anticipated that two or more fire-service agencies will jointly apply for grant funding to study, or implement ways of increasing efficiency, effectiveness, or cost savings through voluntary and cooperative shared services. It is estimated that available funding will pay for individual grants of no more than $40,000. A local match of at least 10 percent of the grant award is required. Local match may include administrative costs to manage the grant. The expected outcome of the study will include a report delivered to the State Fire Marshal that outlines alternatives for the parties to share fire and rescue services. The report will be posted on the State Fire Marshal Division website. The deadline to apply for this grant is Sept. 1.
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State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Grants

In the 2014 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid grants program for historic preservation projects. A total of $1.4 million was set to be allocated to county and local jurisdictions as matching money for historic preservation projects of a capital nature, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 138.0525. It is anticipated that approximately $800,000 will be available in the fall 2014 grants cycle. Grants must be matched on at least a one for one basis. The minimum request is $10,000. There is no request cap in place. Keep in mind that grants are spread across the state as much as possible. Funded projects will begin after Jan. 1, 2015. The pre-application deadline is July 18. The final application deadline is Sept. 5.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Environmental Assistance Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a request for proposals to solicit projects for the fiscal year 2014-2015 Environmental Assistance Grant Program.

Applications are being accepted for proposals in the following nine focus areas:

  • Focus Area A. Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)
  • Focus Area B. Food Waste Reduction
  • Focus Area C. Green Chemistry & Design Curriculum
  • Focus Area D. Reuse/Repair/Rent
  • Focus Area E. Environmental Solid Waste Management Practices
  • Focus Area F. Communities Adapting to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
  • Focus Area G. City Sustainability Policy Development
  • Focus Area H. State ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Goal
  • Focus Area I. School Site Sustainability and Student Environmental Education

The deadlines are:

  • July 16 at 2 p.m. for Focus Areas B – I
  • Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. for Focus Area A

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