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Applications sought for $300,000 in environmental grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking preliminary applications for grants to be used in the development of environmentally sustainable practices that prevent pollution and conserve resources. Both public and private organizations and partnerships are eligible. Preliminary applications are due October 27.

Approximately $300,000 is available. Applications must fall under one of the following focus areas:

•?Addressing the challenges of global climate change through efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

•?Encouraging Minnesota businesses to produce green products and provide green services by reducing or eliminating waste and the use of environmentally harmful substances.

•?Creating sustainable behaviors and processes to encourage conservation of resources and a healthy environment.

To aid these efforts and to help organizations move toward more sustainable practices, the MPCA Environmental Assistance Grant Program offers grants on a yearly basis. Since 1985, more than $11 million in grants have been awarded to organizations across Minnesota.

The complete request for proposal, instructions and forms are available on the MPCA Web site at Preliminary applications must be submitted electronically by 3 p.m. on October 27.

For more information, interested parties can contact Mary Baker at (651) 215-0194, toll-free at 1-800-657-3864 or by e-mail at