Environmental Response Fund

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Redevelopment in Ramsey County often means addressing legacy environmental issues, or “brownfields”.  An Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grant program provides resources to offset the cost of environmental assessment and cleanup.

Who can apply?

Local governmental organizations, developers, for-profit and not‐for‐profit organizations are eligible for ERF grants. ERF grants are not available to non-local government responsible parties.

Funding timeline and availability

Proposals are typically accepted twice, per year:

  • April 1- May 1
  • October 1- November 1

The timing of the ERF grant round coincides with contamination cleanup grant programs administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Metropolitan Council to maximize collaboration among the three funders. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate their application with the other grant programs. Approximately $500,000 is distributed in every Ramsey County ERF grant round.

Before applying, please contact Community & Economic Development to discuss your project and application requirements.

Funding priorities

ERF grants are competitive, and traditionally funding is split 50/50 between Suburban Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul. Priority is given to the following types of projects:

  • Significant contamination cleanup.
  • Demonstrated project readiness.
  • Increase in affordable housing units.
  • Increase in jobs.
  • Increase in property taxes.
  • Located in an environmental justice area (as defined by MPCA)

How to apply

Online applications are accessible approximately one month before the application deadline for each round.

Applications must have a letter or resolution of support from the relevant local unit of government.

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