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Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Financial Assistance

Not having the financial resources to implement projects can be a barrier to pollution prevention. The following resources, including grant and loan programs, may provide you the financial assistance you need to make improvements in your facility.




Funding Agency

Environmental Grants

Available to businesses and organizations in Minnesota for environmental projects that meet one of the agency's priority strategic goals.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Web clearinghouse of all grants available through 26 Federal agencies.

Various agencies

Growth Acceleration Program

Enacted by the Minnesota State Legislature, the GAP helps Minnesota’s small manufacturing and manufacturing-related companies accelerate business improvements and the application of technologies.

Enterprise Minnesota

BizRecycling Grant Program

If you own a business in either Ramsey or Washington County, BizRecycling Program grants can help you kick start or reinvigorate your existing recycling program! Ramsey County offers grants up to $10,000 to Ramsey & Washington County businesses to start or expand their recycling and organics program.

Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project




Funding Agency

Environmental Assistance Loan Program

Loans are offered for half the prevailing interest rate to purchase market-ready pollution prevention technologies. Fifty percent of the loan funds are supplied by the lending institution at market rate and the remaining half is supplied by the MPCA at 0%.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

City Financial Assistance

A wide array of financing programs, ranging from $1,000 to $10 million, for Minneapolis businesses as well as staff assistance in selecting the appropriate program.

City of Minneapolis

Ramsey County Business Loan Program

Gap financing to for-profit commercial, industrial, or service start-ups or expanding businesses located in or moving to Ramsey County. Loans may be made for capital equipment.

Ramsey County

DEED Business Financing Programs

The various programs, including tax credits and loans, are offered to help companies and communities retain existing jobs and create new high-quality jobs. 

Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Dev.

Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan Program

The MPCA offers this loan program as a means to help small businesses help themselves with environmental projects.

MPCA, Small Business Ombudsman

SBA Loans

SBA offers a variety of loan programs for a variety of purposes.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Energy Loans and Rebates

Many energy utilities offer energy loans and rebates to meet the goals of their Conservation Improvement Programs.


Location and Contact Information

CenterPoint Energy

Minneapolis, 800.234.5800

Dakota Electric Association

Farmington, 651.463.6243 or 800.874.3409 ext. 243

Great River Energy

Elk River, 763.441.3121

Lets Go Solar

Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation


Minnesota Power Co.

Duluth, 218.722.2641

Minnesota Rural Electric Association

Maple Grove, 763.424.1020

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Rochester, 800.237.8992

Otter Tail Power Co.

Fergus Falls, 218.739.8200

Xcel Energy

Minneapolis, 800.481.4700

Fresh Energy

Minnesota utilities not listed here, 651.225.0878

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