Environmental Response Fund

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Redevelopment in Ramsey County often means addressing legacy environmental issues or “brownfields”. An Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grant program provides resources to offset the cost of environmental assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites.

Who can apply?

Local governmental organizations, developers, for-profit and not‐for‐profit organizations are eligible for ERF grants. ERF grants are not available to non-local government responsible parties.

How to apply

Proposals are typically accepted twice, per year:

  • March 15 - May 1
  • September 15 - November 1

Online applications are accessible approximately six weeks before the application deadline for each round. Applicants who are requesting funds for building demolition/deconstruction must submit a detailed waste management plan (PDF). Applicants must also provide a letter or resolution of support from the relevant local unit of government.

Before applying, please contact Community & Economic Development to discuss your project and application requirements.

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NOTE: The ERF application has been substantially updated in 2023 with new required information. Most questions are now answered in the application form and can be found under the Documents tab in ZoomGrants.

Funding timeline and availability

Funding priorities

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The Ramsey County Housing Redevelopment Authority approved funding for the following projects in the last year:

Spring solicitation (HRA board approved July 18, 2023)

Project Recipient Location Investment

Caretta Senior Living

 Galahad Development LLC Maplewood $77,286 

United Village –Phase 1

Saint Paul Port Authority Saint Paul $239,221
Fish Hatchery Trail Reconstruction City of Saint Paul –Department of Parks and Recreation Saint Paul $19,050



Fall solicitation (HRA board approved Jan. 17, 2023)

Project Recipient Location Investment

Hillcrest Redevelopment Phase 1

 St. Paul Port Authority Saint Paul $300,000 



Spring solicitation (HRA board approved July 12, 2022)

Project Recipient Location Investment

Lauderdale Senior Housing

Lauderdale AH I LLLP Lauderdale $278,243

The Balsam on Broadway

LBSD St. Paul Broadway LLC Saint Paul $76,454
The Hollows  Hollows Apartments LLLP Saint Paul $213,634
3803 Stinson Village of St. Anthony St. Anthony $40,000
Total $608,331