Current Grant Opportunities

Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now accepting applications for Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants. This grant program was established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and it funds regional, local, and tribal initiatives to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. The primary goal of the SS4A grants is to improve roadway safety by supporting communities in developing comprehensive safety action plans based on a Safe System Approach. DOT will present a series of webinars on the application process in June. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Learn more, access webinar information, and apply for the SS4A grant

Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER)

This funding opportunity announcement is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to invest in locally appropriate energy resilience planning at the community level. It will award funding for projects to enable communities to use solar and solar-plus-storage to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events, and to rapidly restore electricity if it goes down. The concept paper submission deadline is May 26, and the application deadline is July 25.

Learn more and apply for this funding

Outdoor Heritage Fund

Over $100 million dollars from the Outdoor Heritage Fund will be available for projects that protect, restore, and enhance habitat for fish, game, and wildlife. The state is now accepting requests for these funds, and cities are eligible to apply. Numerous projects have received funding over the past 14 years, including wetland, prairie, and forest restoration; fee-title and conservation easement acquisition of important habitat; invasive species removal; and stream and lake restoration and enhancement. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council will review applications throughout the summer and fall and will recommend projects for funding during the 2023 legislative session. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on May 26, 2022.

Learn more and to apply for Outdoor Heritage Funds

2022 Drop Box Grants

The Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State (OSS) is now accepting applications for 2022 Drop Box Grants. The 2021 Legislature authorized a total of $2 million for these grants, which are intended to help local governments comply with the security requirements and standards to establish a 24-hour absentee ballot drop box. The OSS has authorized up to $15,000 for each drop box. Applications will be accepted until the funds are exhausted or returned to the state general fund. The OSS is required to return any unused funds by July 1, 2023. Priority will be given to applications received by May 16, 2022, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the grant funds are exhausted. If on May 16, the dollar amount of applications exceeds the amount of funds available, the OSS will prioritize one box per county, city, township, or tribal jurisdiction covered by the application.

For more information and to request an application, contact the OSS Elections Division at elections.dept@state.mn.us or (651) 215-1440.

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.

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