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Environmental Assistance (EA) Grants - Regionally Developed and Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Grant

Grants to Minnesota Counties and Special
Districts to Manage Waste Reduction Projects

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Deadline Date:

02/23/21 2:00 PM Central Time


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Grants to Minnesota counties and special districts for projects related to waste management. Funding is intended to plan and implement new programs; manage established programs, improve transportation networks, expand alliances; share resources, services, and facilities; promote economic development; and support solid waste management among political subdivisions. Proposed plans should include three or more counties and/or districts.

Projects demonstrating innovation and those benefiting underserved communities and areas of concern for environmental justice will be rated higher. The MPCA considers communities with higher concentrations of low-income residents and people of color, including tribal communities, to be areas of concern for environmental justice.

The purpose of the EA Grant Program is to provide financial assistance for researching, developing, or implementing projects and practices related to all aspects of waste management and prevention, including hazardous substances, toxic pollutants, and problem materials. Additionally, market development and education grants are also allowed under the laws governing these grants. 

For information about State goals, see:

Successful projects will include within the regional integrated solid waste management plan, details of programs to be implemented that will advance solid waste management within the region to align with the goals of the State. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Joint and standardized solid waste regulation and licensing such as the Metropolitan area hauler licensing program.
  • Coordinated and standardized solid waste organized collection arrangements.
  • Programs that share debt obligations or secured debt instruments based on pledged regional revenues.
  • Comprehensive and standardized transportation systems for waste movement.
  • Consolidation of existing or new collection programs, such as recycling, waste electronics, mattresses, or other specific material streams where actions such as transportation, administration, and contracts/agreements are enacted.
  •  Combined solid waste staffing and administration to manage related programs.
  • Comprehensive and shared public information systems to keep waste generators in the know, which creates common systems for ease of information sharing.

Eligible grant costs are limited to the costs of:

  • Researching, planning, analyzing, developing, and implementing multi-county/district solid waste management plan in Minnesota.
  • Equipment costs may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.
  • Unless specified as ineligible, a determination of eligible costs will be dependent on the proposed project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194030

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There is no minimum or maximum individual grant amount except as limited by the total amount available.

Term of Contract:

The end date of the grant agreement will be no later than vJune 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include any Minnesota county or a solid waste management district. Multi-county/district collaboration is encouraged.

Ineligible applicants
- Per Minn. R. 9210.0805, subp. 9, the definition of eligible persons specifically excludes the MPCA and State employees.
- Any individual, institution, organization, non-political subdivision, or non-governmental unit (NGO).
- Applicants debarred by state, its departments, commissions, agencies, or political subdivisions.

Ineligible projects
- Projects seeking funding for general operating expenses.
- Projects for environmental compliance remediation.
- Projects limited to individual benefit or those that do not have a broad regional impact.
- Projects that do not meet the eligibility specifications identified in this RFP

For information about ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 2:00 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must submit questions no later than 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, February 16, 2021.

The MPCA anticipates notifying applicants of award status within 60 days of closing of the application period.

Match: At least 25% of the project budget; local direct and indirect cash-match or in-kind match

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions to, with the subject line: “EA Question.”

Submit applications to the email address above with the subject line, "EA applications."

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