Current Grant Opportunities

Targeted Community Capital Project Grants

The Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Employment and Training Programs is seeking proposals from eligible organizations for the Targeted Community Capital Project competitive grant program. Eligible organizations that can submit a proposal are nonprofit organizations or government entities. The grant funds must be used for capital projects to improve or acquire a building or structure that, upon completion, will result in expanded access to economic development, education or workforce development programs and services for underserved or economically disadvantaged persons or groups. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Access the request for proposals, FAQs, and a video presentation on the RFP 

Planning Grants for Stormwater, Wastewater, and Community Resilience

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is providing $870,000 in climate planning grants to Minnesota communities. This funding is an opportunity to assess vulnerabilities and conduct planning in three areas: stormwater resilience, wastewater resilience, and community resilience to adapt services and public spaces for the effects of climate change.

Cities, counties, townships, tribal nations, soil and water conservation districts, water management organizations, water districts, regional development commissions, and the Metropolitan Council are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Dec. 21.

Learn more about the climate planning grant and how to apply

Firefighter Recruitment, PPE, and Health Screening Assistance

The Minnesota State Fire Department Association (MSFDA) received a four-year grant for $1.4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to start a statewide firefighter recruitment campaign. These funds will help develop a statewide informational website (www.mnfirehire.org), market the fire service, develop recruitment training for the fire service, and assist communities with their marketing efforts.

The grant provides $600,000 for personal protective equipment (PPE) and health screenings to new firefighters hired during the grant award period. Each community must be a member of the MSFDA, participate in the recruitment study, and file the proper documentation to the grant administrator. Grant applications will be accepted until all funds are distributed.

To date, 117 fire departments are participating in the reimbursement program. The MSFDA has sent out several mailers, and representatives have attended regional meetings across the state. Most regional meetings are held on a quarterly basis, and provide important information to firefighters to keep them up to date on current events, training, etc.

For more information, visit the MSFDA website or contact Executive Director DeeDee Jankovich at deedee@msfda.org.

Veterans Memorial Grants

The Minnesota Department of Administration is seeking applications for a competitive grants program that provides funding to local units of government for veterans memorials. The local unit of government must provide a nonstate cash match equal to the amount of the grant received under this paragraph. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Learn more and apply for a Veterans Memorial Grant (pdf)

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.

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 can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, and pay related project expenses. 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 small 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