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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Climate Change Grants

The City is again offering Climate Change Grants to motivate Minneapolis residents and businesses to take immediate actions to reduce their climate change impacts, building on a successful grant program last year.

Two different types of grants are being offered in 2008:

Grassroots Climate Change Micro Grants of up to $1,500 (no match required)

Application deadline: 4:00 p.m. Thursday March 20, 2008

Climate Change Innovations Grants of up to $10,000 (no match required)

Application deadline: 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008

Last year, Climate Change Grants were awarded to 25 neighborhood groups, nonprofits and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to help combat harmful effects of carbon dioxide and slow the pace of climate change. Second Ward participants included the Seward, Longfellow and Southeast Como neighborhood groups, Bedlam Theater and Trinity Lutheran. To see how these and other organizations effectively used grant funds to help reduce Minneapolis’ carbon dioxide footprint, go here.

These grants also got some press recently in an article called America's 50 Greenest Cities. In it Minneapolis ranked 11th and we were noted for our grants: "If you’ve got a world-saving idea, the City of Lakes will give you, your church or your community group the money to get it done. Twenty $1,000 mini-grants and five $10,000 awards were distributed last year to programs ranging from household power-consumption monitors to “block club talks” about global warming. A similar initiative has sprung up in Seattle. "


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