In 2018, grants will be awarded bi-annually with grant applications due on May 1 and November 1.
Applying for an ERF grant
New application process in 2018
Starting with this grant application round, we will now be accepting applications through the new online Supplier Portal.
All Spring 2018 application materials are due by Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.
To access the 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. Individual funding commitments vary depending on the project, the amount of available grant funding and the list of applications received.
ERF grants for assessment and cleanup are awarded on a competitive basis, and priority is given to the following types of projects:
- Contaminated or potentially contaminated sites where the preferred end use is publicly owned property, such as park space, schools, and non-profit or municipal facilities.
- Affordable and moderate market-rate housing projects where contamination issues preclude redevelopment.
- Infill brownfield properties or orphan sites that are generally not attractive to large redevelopments but disrupt the fabric of community life and contribute to blight.
- Projects that incorporate sustainable activities and features in the project design, construction and operation.
Eligible applicants for ERF include municipalities, economic development agencies, housing and redevelopment authorities, non-profit organizations, public companies, and private for-profit companies. ERF grants are not available to non-local government responsible parties.
ERF grants are available for the investigation or cleanup of non-petroleum contamination or petroleum-related contamination that is not eligible for reimbursement by the Minnesota Petrofund.
Additional funding sources
Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund
Hennepin County also has an EPA-funded Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund program available to assist with the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. A grant and loan package can be a favorable way to tackle larger projects.
Minnesota Brownfields Resource Guide
For more information about grants and loans available to help cleanup contaminated lands, see the Minnesota Brownfields 2016 Resource Guide (PDF).