Available Funding/Grants

MCES funding and grant programs

Water Efficiency Grant Program

The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) Water Efficiency Grant Program is effective through June 30, 2022. Communities are encouraged to consider participating in future programs, should the Minnesota Legislature make additional funding available. Information on the structure of the current grant program can be found below:

Inflow/Infiltration Grant Programs

The 2020 Municipal I/I Grant Program consists of $5M in bonding bill funding for the purpose of providing grants to municipalities for capital improvements to public infrastructure to mitigate I/I.

The Grant Administrator will begin to accept applications on March 12, 2021, and applications will be due by April 16, 2021.

The I/I Grant Program is available to communities in the Metro area that have been recognized by the Council as an excessive I/I contributor or have a measurable flow rate within 20% of the allowable flow limit.

Eligible work includes:

  • Pipe lining and replacement
  • Pipe joint sealing and chimney seals
  • Manholes – lining, replacement
  • Manhole sealing joints, castings, covers
  • Flood mitigation
  • Cross connection elimination

Non-eligible work:

  • Studies, investigations, or investigations
  • Engineering costs
  • Any improvements to privately owned infrastructure or private service lines

Qualified spending must occur between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

We held a virtual information session on the 2020 grant program in January 2021. Meeting materials from that information session are available below.

For a description on I/I, please visit the Council's Inflow and Infiltration page.

Please contact Marcus Bush (Marcus.Bush@metc.state.mn.us) or Matt Gsellmeier (Matthew.Gsellemeier@metc.state.mn.us) with any questions or concerns.