Matching grants are available to greatly reduce costs
By Isaac Peterson
Last week we introduced MSR readers to environmental disparities affecting communities of color and how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (or MnTAP, a program at the University of Minnesota) have teamed up to offer small businesses owned by people of color the means to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Because the cost of complying with new regulations to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could be prohibitive for many such businesses, a new grant program has been developed to assist them.
To help businesses meet those skyrocketing costs and keep the companies in compliance with the expected upcoming regulations, the MPCA is offering matching grant funds up to $100,000. Reducing your VOCs can help your business save money because it reduces the amount of hazardous waste you need to dispose of and be permitted for, helps you use less chemicals in your operations, and gives you the ability to promote your green business to the local community. It also means less exposure and better health for workers and helps keep us within federal ozone standards. Continue Reading →