Current Grant Opportunities

Greater Minnesota Recycling and Composting Grant

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now accepting applications for the Greater Minnesota Recycling and Composting Grant. Cities, counties, townships, and federally recognized tribes in Minnesota located outside the Twin Cities seven-county Metropolitan Area are encouraged to apply. These grant funds will help local governments reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering landfills. MPCA will host a free online informational meeting about the grant and application process on Nov. 23. The deadline to apply for the grant is Jan. 11.

Learn more about the Recycling and Composting Grant, the informational meeting, and the application process

Workforce Housing Development Program Grant

Minnesota Housing is now accepting applications for the Workforce Housing Development Program Grant. This competitive funding program targets small to medium-sized cities, communities, or areas in Greater Minnesota with rental workforce housing needs. Anticipated funding of approximately $4 million will be available to build market-rate residential rental properties in communities with proven job growth and demand for workforce rental housing. Communities are required to secure funds that match $1 for every $2 in funding offered through the program. An informational webinar will be presented on Oct. 27. The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. on Jan. 11.

Learn more and apply for a Workforce Housing Development Grant

Safe Routes to School Grants

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant applications are now being accepted. These grants provide resources to help you improve walking and bicycling to school in your community.

Your city can now apply for the following grants:

  • SRTS planning assistance for communities wanting to better work together to understand barriers and identify solutions. Application deadline: Jan. 10.
  • SRTS Boost grants for those with big programming ideas that just need a boost. Application deadline: Jan. 10.
  • SRTS infrastructure funds to help address some of the physical barriers that make it difficult to walk or bike in communities. Letter of intent deadline: Oct. 29.

Click on the above links to learn more about each program and access informational webinars.

Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Grant Program

Minnesota cities, schools, and their partners are invited to apply for funding on local projects that enhance transportation goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. There is $6.2 million in federal funding available through the Transportation Alternatives program in Greater Minnesota. This program offers a competitive grant for communities, schools, and regional agencies to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School, and more. For the 2021-2022 solicitation, applicants first submit a letter of intent to be considered. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a funded project. Applicants will then submit a full grant application.

Grant solicitation timeline:

  • Nov. 1 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • Jan. 14 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.
  • April 15 – Grant recipients announced.

Get the full grant details

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program for Rural Areas

Low-interest direct loans, grants, or a combination of the two are available to develop essential community facilities (not including private, commercial, or business undertakings) in rural areas through the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant program. The program is offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development. Funds and can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.
  • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars, or street improvements.
  • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, or transitional housing.
  • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles, or equipment.
  • Educational services such as museums, libraries, or private schools.
  • Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment.
  • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, or greenhouses.

Rural areas, including cities, villages, townships, and federally recognized tribal lands, with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census data, are eligible for this program. Applications for this program are accepted year-round.

Learn more about the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant program

Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program

The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Community Heart & Soul engages a motivated and dedicated group of individuals to help your town identify what matters most. The grant program is specifically designed for smll cities and towns with populations of 2,500 to 30,000. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.

Learn more and apply for a Community Heart & Soul Grant

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Safety Grants

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.
Learn more and apply for a Safety Grant