The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Metro Community Air Monitoring Pilot Grant Program. This RFP has $4.85 million available, with a minimum award of $750,000 per project. Apply by 4:30 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 28, 2024.

Eligible applicants include community nonprofits and partnering organizations within any of the seven counties in the  Twin Cities metro area. Applicants must have experience and connections working with residents in the area where the community air-monitoring system is to be deployed. This program will prioritize projects in environmental justice communities, have extensive community engagement, and use a variety of sensors to gather data on a variety of pollutants. The MPCA designed this grant to monitor air quality on a neighborhood scale in communities disproportionately impacted by air pollution, engage those communities in outreach and cooperation, and provide data to the MPCA that can help with decision-making.

The MPCA hosted an informational webinar on this program on April 25 to assist with applying to the RFP; the slides are available for viewing.