Current Grant Opportunities

Noxious Weed Management Grants

For the second year, the state has funds available for local governments that can be used to manage noxious weeds in their area, which cities, counties, and townships are responsible for under state law. A total of $300,000 will be awarded under a competitive grant process through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

Bonnie Harper-Lore, the city representative on the Minnesota Noxious Weed Advisory Council, recommends that cities apply for these funds to strengthen their work on noxious weed and invasive plant prevention, control, and management, as well as for education or research. Partnering with other groups, agencies, and local governments always helps projects score better, and county agricultural inspector involvement gives priority status to a proposal. It is also important to be able to show measurable improvements and results, such as through new training for personnel on best management practices, creative new ways to increase public involvement and awareness, and integration of efforts with area high schools to expand detection of noxious weeds.

Questions can be submitted to the MDA until Oct. 1, 2018, and applications are due by Oct. 15. Final awards will be announced on Jan. 15, 2019, with workplans being approved and funds awarded by March 1.
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MHFA Workforce Housing Grants

Up to $1.9 million in grant or deferred loan funds are available to build market-rate residential rental properties in communities with proven job growth and demand for workforce rental housing. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11.
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Tree City USA Grant

Minnesota communities are invited to apply for grant funds to help them earn Tree City USA designation in 2019. Eligible activities include writing or updating a tree care ordinance; writing or updating a community forest management plan; creating or revitalizing a tree board; and planning, promoting, and conducting an Arbor Day celebration. The maximum amount that will be funded is $1,000. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28.
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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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