Current Grant Opportunities

Safe Routes to School Bicycle Fleets Funding
Minnesota schools and communities are invited to apply for the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) bicycle fleets and trailers funding. This funding will support teachers across the state using the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum to help students learn safe walking and biking behaviors. MnDOT will award three to four communities to receive funding for the purchase of a bicycle fleet, which includes approximately 40 bicycles, helmets, basic supplies and an enclosed trailer to store and move them. The funding is targeted toward children in grades 4-8. Eligible groups include private and public schools, cities, counties, federally recognized tribes, non-profit organizations, commissions or metropolitan planning agencies. The deadline to apply is June 1.
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Minnesota Festival Support Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Minnesota Festival Support grant program. This grant program is designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts. Proposed projects must take place between Nov. 1, 2016, and Oct. 31, 2017. The deadline to submit applications is May 13 by 4:30 p.m.
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Aquatic Invasive Species Grants
The Initiative Foundation announces an open process (no deadlines) to apply for funds for projects that implement or expand innovative and comprehensive pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the surface waters of Minnesota. A total of $3.6 million will be awarded for pilot projects and an assessment of their effectiveness. The grant program was approved by the Minnesota Legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, one of four funds of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment passed in 2008. It is intended to fund pilot projects anywhere in Minnesota that are legal, effective, and financially sustainable methods of preventing the spread of AIS through a range of communication, education, and outreach efforts; inspection and decontamination; enforcement; containment; and/or other methods than can be administered locally.
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Hazardous Materials and Emergency Preparedness Grant Program
The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE) is now accepting requests for Hazardous Materials and Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants. Fire departments are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that are eligible through the fiscal year (FY) 2015 HMEP Grant, which ends on Sept. 30, 2016.

Allowable expenses for planning include:

  • Conferences and Meetings
  • Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • Fire Rescue International (FRI)
  • Hot Zone These are just a few of the allowable expenses. Registration costs for out of state conferences are not eligible through the MBFTE, but are eligible though the HMEP grant awarded to the MBFTE. HMEP grants require a 20 percent soft match of the project cost.

If your department would like to take advantage of the FY 2015 HMEP grant, please send your request to Steve Flaherty, MBFTE Executive Director, at Your request should include the following information: Fire department, contact person, specific request, amount, soft match provision.

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