Current Grant Opportunities

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.

Reading Oasis Room Grants
Local governments and other community organizations that want to promote literacy and learning among their region's youngest citizens are encouraged to apply for a Reading Oasis room grant provided by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and Scholastic Book Fairs.

The grants can be used to develop Reading Oasis rooms, designed for children birth to age eight to provide literacy tools and address education gaps within communities early on. The total value of a Reading Oasis room is $10,000. SMIF is offering a $2,500 match to up to three communities this year through this application process. The community must raise $2,500, which SMIF will match dollar-for-dollar, and Scholastic Book Fairs will cover the remaining costs. Eligible communities must be located within SMIF's 20-county area. Applications are due Feb. 19.
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Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement Grant
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting proposals for grants to use volunteers for work on community forests, such as planting, pruning, and watering trees. The Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement program provides grants of up to $50,000 to cities, towns, counties, and nongovernment organizations to engage volunteers in improving their community forests. A 25 percent match is required, of which 50 percent can be in-kind contributions. The deadline to apply is Feb. 8.
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Arts Learning Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for Arts Learning grants. Arts Learning is a program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. Nonprofit organizations; public agencies or divisions of local, state, or tribal government; educational institutions; artists; and arts organizations may apply.The deadline to apply is Feb. 12.
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