Current Grant Opportunities

State Fire Marshal Shared Services Grants
The Fire Service Advisory Committee (FSAC) has appropriated $200,000 to the State Fire Marshal Division for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) to award Shared Services Grants to fire departments in Minnesota. These funds can be used to compensate consulting services that explore a shared-services model for multiple fire services, or as implementation funds to continue recommendations from other studies. Shared Services refers to any number of scenarios where fire-and-rescue service organizations are working together to become more effective or more efficient. The deadline to apply for the grant is 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. For more information and to request an application, contact SFMD Fire Service Specialist Bruce Roed at bruce.roed@state.mn.us or (320) 333-2817.

CERTs Seed Grants for Clean Energy Projects
The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) seeks to provide Seed Grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota. Proposals should be for community-based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that also provide forums for community education about the technologies and their economic, ecological, and community benefits. The deadline for proposals is 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.
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Border-to-Border Broadband Grant
Cities and other entities can now submit grant applications to expand broadband infrastructure in their communities during the second year of the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. The grants, which will be awarded in amounts up to $5 million, require at least a 50 percent local match. The Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program was established by the 2014 Legislature. The Office of Broadband Development within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is managing the grant program and application process. The 2015 Legislature allocated $10.588 million toward the program this year. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Sept. 15.
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Aquatic Invasive Species Pilot Project Grant
The Initiative Foundation will award a total of $3.6 million to fund the implementation or expansion of innovative pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the surface waters of Minnesota and to assess their effectiveness. 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 application deadline for this grant is Sept. 15.
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Transportation Economic Development Program Grant
Minnesota cities, counties, and other government entities can apply for matching funds for transportation infrastructure projects that support economic development through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) and Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) 2015 Transportation Economic Development (TED) program. The TED program is a competitive grant program designed to help meet the state’s transportation and economic development needs by creating and preserving well-paying jobs and leveraging private and local investment in transportation infrastructure. Information sessions about the application process will be held in eight locations throughout the state. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.
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Border-to-Border Broadband Grant
Cities and other entities can now submit grant applications to expand broadband infrastructure in their communities during the second year of the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. The grants, which will be awarded in amounts up to $5 million, require at least a 50 percent local match.

The Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program was established by the 2014 Legislature. The Office of Broadband Development within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is managing the grant program and application process. The 2015 Legislature allocated $10.59 million toward the program this year. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Sept. 15.
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Cultural Community Partnership Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2016 Cultural Community Partnership Grant. This program is designed to enhance the artistic and career development of artists of color. It supports collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization. Proposed projects must take place between March 1, 2016, and Feb. 28, 2017. Cities are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.
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