Current Grant Opportunities

DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced available grants to assist volunteer fire departments. The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program is a matching grant program. It provides financial and technical assistance to Minnesota fire departments that protect cities or communities with a population under 10,000. The deadline to apply is June 1.

Learn more and apply for a Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

Wildlife Habitat Funding

Approximately $100 million from the Outdoor Heritage Fund is available for projects that “protect, restore, and enhance habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.” Previous projects that received funding in the past included: wetland, prairie, and forest restoration; fee-title and conservation easement acquisition of important habitat; invasive species removal; stream and lake restoration/enhancement; and many others. The deadline to apply is May 27. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council will review applications throughout the summer and fall and will recommend projects for funding during the 2022 legislative session.

Learn more and apply for wildlife habitat funding

Port Infrastructure Development Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced the availability of $230 million in discretionary grant funding through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects that improve facilities within, or outside of and directly related to operations or an intermodal connection of coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port. The deadline to apply is July 30.

Learn more and apply for a port infrastructure development grant

Low or No Emission Grant Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $180 million of fiscal year 2021 funds for the purchase or lease of low- or no-emission vehicles, as well as related equipment or facilities and workforce development training. Synopses and the full announcement are posted on site as opportunity FTA-2021-001-LowNo. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the website by 10:59 p.m. on April 12.

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State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid for Historic Properties

Applications are now being accepted for the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program, a competitive grants program for publicly owned historic properties. The grants can be used to conduct projects that restore, rehabilitate, or preserve a historic property. The program also funds upgrading systems and allowing more access to the space. You can receive $10,001 or more dollars, along with contributing a one-to-one match, to preserve these vital places in local communities. The deadline to apply is May 28.

Learn more and apply for a grant for historic property preservation

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.

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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