Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grants are used to fund the assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites in Hennepin County.
Find information below about ERF grant requirements, how to apply, grant management, funded projects and contacts.
ERF grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority is given to the following:
- Significantly contaminated sites
- Demonstrated project readiness
- Municipal and other public development projects
- Affordable housing projects where contamination issues preclude redevelopment
- Projects that promote economic development
- Infill brownfield properties or orphan sites that contribute to blight
- Other criteria includes projects that incorporate sustainable features and activities in the project design, construction, and operation
Eligible applicants for ERF include municipalities, economic development agencies, housing and redevelopment authorities, other local public entities, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses. ERF grants are not available to non-local government responsible parties.
ERF grants are available for the investigation and cleanup of non-petroleum contamination or petroleum-related contamination.
In addition to county funding, other sources of funding for the assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites in Hennepin County may also be available. More information can be found in Minnesota Brownfields: A Resource Guide (PDF).
Applying for an ERF grant
Prior to applying for an ERF grant, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project and funding needs. Starting August 2019, we will be accepting applications online through the Supplier Portal.
Hennepin County is not having a Spring 2020 grant round. Starting August 2020, we will begin accepting applications online through the Supplier Portal for the Fall 2020 round.
To access the Response For Proposal (RFP) and apply:
- Visit the Supplier Portal.
- You can view the separate RFPs and materials by clicking the Environmental Response Fund RFP in the Events panel on the right half of the screen.
- To apply, follow the on-screen instructions.
You will need to be registered to submit an application. For detailed instructions on how to register and submit an application, including video tutorials and more, visit the Supplier Portal information page.
Approximately $1.0 – $1.2 million is distributed every grant round. Awards vary depending on the project, the amount of available grant funding and the list of applications received. No funding match is required. Grantees can start incurring costs the day after County Board approval.
ERF grant recipients
Successful grantees will be informed of their award early 2020. Each grantee will be assigned a grant manager. Please contact your grant manager to discuss reimbursement requests associated with your grant. The following forms need to be submitted as part of your reimbursement request:
1. Download and complete a disbursement form to request grant funds.
2. Download and complete an annual progress report (DOCX).
3. City of Minneapolis sub-recipient grantees additional form: Download and complete quarterly progress reports (XLS)
To submit disbursements:
- Provide an electronic copy of the draft disbursement request and all back up information to the assigned grant manager to whom you currently submit requests. The grant manager will review the request and submit it for payment.
- Provide an electronic copy of the final signed disbursement request form, including all required backup documentation to your grant manager.
Grants awarded January 2020
In January 2020, Hennepin County awarded 10 ERF grants totaling $1,557,304. The grants will fund asbestos and lead-based paint abatement, vapor mitigation, and contaminated soil assessment and cleanup. The funding supports projects that create economic development by increasing the tax base, creating permanent jobs, and creating market-rate and affordable housing. The recommended grants provide for the renovation and/or construction of an estimated 611 units of affordable housing, 144 of which are considered Section 8 housing units.
1345 Minneapolis, Minneapolis
$40,800 for assessment costs associated with planning for the construction of an estimated 120 units of affordable senior housing. (Grantee: Aeon or affiliated entity)
14th and Central, Minneapolis
$100,000 for investigation and contaminated soil cleanup associated with the construction of a 175-unit affordable housing building, a 5,700-square foot industrial building, a public art gallery, and a playground. (Grantee: City of Minneapolis)
Amber Apartments, Minneapolis
$149,550 for contaminated soil cleanup, asbestos abatement, and a portion of building demolition costs associated with the construction of an apartment building with 76 affordable and five market-rate housing units. (Grantee: City of Minneapolis)
Amundson Flats, Edina
$247,340 for contaminated soil cleanup associated with the construction of 62 units of affordable apartments. (Grantee: City of Edina)
Former Brooklyn Center Sears, Brooklyn Center
$163,000 for assessment costs in preparation for the planned construction of two light-industrial buildings. (Grantee: Honey Badger Acquisitions, Inc. or affiliated entity)
Hennepin Lead-Safe Housing, countywide
$300,000 for continued assistance for a countywide program that performs assessment and abatement of lead-based paint hazards in homes with sensitive populations, such as pregnant women and children 6 years old or younger. (Grantee: Hennepin County Community Works Department)
Leef Townhomes, Minneapolis
$97,183 for contaminated soil cleanup costs associated with the construction of 18 affordable townhomes. (Grantee: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity or affiliated entity)
Lydia Apartments, Minneapolis
$100,000 for contaminated soil cleanup and asbestos abatement costs associated with the renovation and expansion of the current Lydia Apartments from 40 to 80 units of affordable housing. (Grantee: Lydia Apartments Housing Limited Partnership or affiliated entity)
Minnesota Brownfield Gap Financing Program, countywide
$225,000 to continue the Brownfields Gap Financing Program, which provides small environmental assessment grants to government entities and non-profit organizations. (Grantee: Minnesota Brownfields or affiliated entity)
Stonehouse Square Apartments, Minneapolis
$134,431 for contaminated soil cleanup and asbestos abatement costs associated with rehabilitating 71 affordable apartments. (Grantee: City of Minneapolis)