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Monday, March 16, 2009

2009 Climate Change Grants

To build on the great success we've had in 2007 and 2008, the City is again offering grants to organizations that want to help people in Minneapolis take steps to fight climate change. Any Minneapolis nonprofits, including neighborhood groups, business organizations and churches, are eligible to apply.

The results of these grants have been pretty impressive. Small amounts of City funding have been translated into significant reductions in carbon emissions - and energy costs to residents. For instance, last year's participants committed to saving about 2.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide and $647,220 annually on their energy use. Minneapolis was the first city in the country to offer this sort of program, and a number of other cities are now following our lead.

We're offering two different types of grants this year:

Grassroots Climate Change Micro Grants of up to $1,500. The application deadline is 4pm on April 16. Climate Change Innovations Grants of up to $10,000. The application deadline is 4pm on April 20. The application is relatively short and easy to fill out. Applicants are asked to submit their plans to use the money for a project that results in meaningful, measurable steps to reduce climate change.

To learn more about the grants, to get an application, and to see project ideas, visit the City’s sustainability site here.


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