Current Grant Opportunities

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MPCA Environmental Assistance Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is soliciting grant applications from cities, tribal governments, and others that seek funding to research, develop, and implement community strategies for adapting to the impacts of climate change. These efforts will prevent or reduce the environmental impacts, including waste and pollution, caused by warming temperatures and extreme precipitation while protecting public health and well-being. The maximum grant for inflow & infiltration projects is $20,000. Otherwise, there is no minimum or maximum grant amount for other fundable projects. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged. Proposals are due electronically to MPCA by 2 p.m. on March 11.
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Minnesota 2019 Voting Equipment Grants

Grant applications are now being accepted for Minnesota’s 2019 Voting Equipment Grants. The 2019 Legislature authorized $2 million in grant funding available to counties, cities, towns, and school districts to assist with the purchase of voting equipment. The Legislature authorized use of the funds to offset up to 50% of optical scan precinct counters, optical scan central counters, or assisted voting devices; or up to 75% of electronic rosters. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31.
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Blandin Broadband Communities

Cities in Greater Minnesota are eligible to apply to become one of four new Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC). The BBC program provides selected communities support for 18 to 24 months by providing planning and facilitation to help them define and meet their technology goals. The communities can also apply for a $75,000 grant to address identified community technology needs with an emphasis on broadband adoption and use. Additionally, participating communities with shortcomings in existing broadband services will receive priority to apply for up to $25,000 in matching grant funds to conduct a robust network feasibility study through the Blandin Foundation. The deadline to apply for the BBC program is Jan. 24.
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Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for Arts Learning Grants. Cities are eligible to apply. Arts Learning is a grant program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills in the arts. For the purpose of this program, arts learning happens when participants are engaged in creating, performing, and/or responding to art in a disciplined and intentional way with a teaching artist. The deadline to submit applications is 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.
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2020 Census Complete Count Committee Grants

The state of Minnesota, in partnership with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and The Minneapolis Foundation, is administering state-funded grants to support Minnesota’s Complete Count Committees, working to achieve a complete and accurate count of Minnesota residents during the 2020 Census. The grant process is not competitive and is available on a first come, first serve basis for up to 400 Complete Count Committees. The State of Minnesota funds grants of $750 and they are available to cities and other organizations with Complete Count Committees that meet certain eligibility requirements. Applications will be accepted until the state funds are spent. For more information, contact Nancy Cerkvenik at (612) 672-8665 or grantsadministration@mplsfoundation.org.

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Safety Grant Program

The Safety Grant Program awards funds up to $10,000 to qualifying employers for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers. Applications are accepted continuously and reviewed every two months.
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