Current Grant Opportunities

Safe Routes to School Planning Grant
Minnesota communities and schools wanting to develop safer routes for students to walk and bicycle to school can apply for planning assistance grants through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. Planning assistance grants are the first step for communities to assess their current conditions for walking and bicycling to school and decide what they need to effectively implement a Safe Routes to School program. After a plan is developed, schools and communities use this assessment to apply for funds to advance infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage, and non-infrastructure solutions such as educational programming, events. and enforcement. The application deadline is Jan. 5.
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Regional Transportation Coordinating Council Grants
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is offering grants to establish a statewide network of Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs) throughout Greater Minnesota. The councils will give transit users easier access to services. MnDOT will work with local governments and other state agencies, through the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access, to fill transportation gaps, streamline access to transportation and provide more options of where and when to travel. RTCCs will coordinate transportation services through a network of existing public, private and nonprofit transportation providers. The RTCCs will consist of stakeholders interested in improving the mobility for older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, and military veterans.

A grant application workshop will be held Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the MnDOT St. Cloud headquarters, 3725 12th Street North. Interested persons and organizations unable to attend should contact Sue Siemers, Greater Minnesota Mobility Management program coordinator, at susan.siemers@state.mn.us.

Grant solicitation timeline:

  • Feb. 15, 2018—Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • March 31, 2018—Deadline for application submittal.
  • July 1, 2018—Grant recipients announced.

Workforce Housing Development Grants
This grant program provides $2 million dollars each year in ongoing funding for the direct development of market-rate residential rental properties to increase the availability of rental housing in Greater Minnesota. The application for this grant will be released by Oct. 31, 2017. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) is offering three opportunities to learn more about the program, and how to apply:

  • Webinar
    Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
    Register
  • In-person session
    Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Windom
    Register
  • In-person session
    Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Baxter
    Register

Applications are due Jan. 25, 2018. MHFA expects to make recommendations to their Board in March.

Election Equipment Replacement Grants
The 2017 Legislature authorized $7 million in grant funding to help local jurisdictions across the state replace aging election equipment. The funds are now available through the Office of the Secretary of State (OSS). The fund provides up to a 50 percent match for mandatory equipment, such as optical scan precinct counters, optical scan central counters, or assisted voting devices; and up to a 75 percent match for electronic rosters. Grant amounts will range from $1,699-$5,000 per precinct, depending on how many precincts apply. A resolution from the city council approving the application for grant funds is required, as well as a letter from the county auditor agreeing to assist the city in use of the equipment must be attached to the application. Grant applications are due to the OSS by 4 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Local Fire Service Planning Grants
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) announced Sept. 1 that the division is soliciting grant applications for the Service Planning Grant Program (formerly the Shared Services Program). The solicitation period will remain open until Jan. 31, 2018. Grants are intended to fund third-party feasibility studies aimed at developing options for service planning, including (but not limited to) those provided in A Blueprint for Shared Services, a guide developed by the Governor’s Fire and Rescue Shared Services Task Force in 2010. Grants will help local agencies identify ways to work together to enhance fire service delivery. This may involve collaboration related to training, department administration, personnel and/or equipment. Agencies may also use grant funds to explore potential department consolidations.

CERTs Seed Grants
CERTs Seed Grants support labor costs for community-based clean energy projects. The focus is on community energy efficiency and renewable energy. Projects should be highly visible and replicable, and also spark conversations about clean energy benefits. Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Proposals for community-based projects are due Oct. 20.

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