Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. May 1 and November 1 each year.
For Spring Cleanup and Investigation applications
The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on May 1, 2023. Our mail room is open and is processing mail sent through the USPS as usual. Applications can also be dropped off in person to our new offices on May 1 only at the Great Northern Building, 180 E 5th St, St. Paul, MN, please follow the procedures below:
- Contact Irene at Irene.Dassier@state.mn.us.
- State you are submitting a Contamination Cleanup or Investigation grant application.
- If you don't get an answer from the email, follow instructions on the cart near the guard's desk at the Great Northern Building.
If you have any problems dropping off your application, you can contact Kristin Lukes at 651-259-7451.
Applications sent by courier (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) must be delivered to the DEED basement mailroom in the First National Bank Building and must be signed by a DEED mailroom employee. Please note that our mail room remains at the 1st Bank Building until their space is ready at the Great Northern Building.
Applications are ranked on the following criteria:
- Tax base increase resulting from the cleanup and development of the site.
- Social value of the cleanup, demonstrated by the number of jobs created through cleanup and redevelopment.
- An evaluation by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of the reduced threat to public health and the environment as a result of cleanup.
- Likelihood that the site will be cleaned up without government money.
- Cleanup cost.
- Commitment of local authorities to pay the local match
The program assists development authorities in contamination investigations and the development of Response Action Plans (RAPs) or in the cleanup of contamination prescribed in a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)-approved RAP on a site that will be redeveloped. In both cases, grants are awarded to those sites where there is a planned redevelopment intention.
Investigation and RAP Development grants pay for up to 75% of the costs of Phase I, Phase II investigation and/or RAP preparation (awards not to exceed $50,000).
Contamination Cleanup grants pay for up to 75% of the costs of cleaning up contaminants defined under state law or petroleum contamination that is not eligible for reimbursement under the Minnesota Petrofund.
Eligible cleanup costs do not include RAP implementation incurred before the award date of a grant unless the application for the grant was submitted within 180 days after the RAP was approved by the MPCA. Cleanup grant applicants must have an MPCA-approved RAP.
Both applications require a 25% local match, participation in the Metropolitan Council's Local Housing Incentives Programs for Twin Cities Metro area applicants, and the serious expectation that the site will be redeveloped.