Current Grant Opportunities

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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