Current Grant Opportunities

AgStar Fund for Rural America Emergency Response Equipment Program
The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is now accepting grant applications for its annual Emergency Response Equipment Program. The mission of this program is to support rural communities in AgStar’s service area by funding emergency response equipment for volunteer fire, rescue, or ambulance departments. All rural volunteer emergency response departments located in AgStar’s 69-county service area are eligible to apply if they have not received a grant in the past two years. Applications for grants, up to $3,000, may be submitted online through Aug. 31.
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2016 James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant
The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) is seeking proposals from interested communities to improve and update ice arenas. The grant program has been renamed the James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program in honor of former state Sen. James Metzen, who was instrumental in creating the original Mighty Ducks program in 1995. The 2016 grant program has $10 million to help Minnesota communities eliminate R-22 refrigerant or improve air quality in ice arenas. (Read related article about the upcoming ban of R-22.) Grant recipients must have at least one local partner that is a political subdivision of the state, and all grant applications require a minimum one-to-one dollar match from non-state sources. The deadline to apply is Oct. 3.
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2017 Cultural Community Partnership Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the FY 2017 Cultural Community Partnership grant program. This program is designed to enhance the artistic and career development of artists of color. It supports collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization. Proposed projects must take place between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.
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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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