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MCES I&I Grant Program

The 2013 Minnesota Legislature appropriated $1 million in Clean Water Fund monies to help property owners who repair/replace their sanitary sewer lines to reduce Inflow and Infiltration (I&I). The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is passing 100 percent of that funding on to cities, which are passing it on to property owners. Cities are administering the grants.

Eligibility

The grant is available to any property owner living in a Metropolitan Council’s I&I surcharge City, including Minneapolis.
 
Property owners can receive a reimbursement for one-third of the cost of the inspection and eligible repairs, up to a maximum of $2,000.

Grant Application Process

Residents can begin submitting grant requests on or after February 14th, 2014.
 
Along with the Application Form, residents need to submit a copy of a contractor's estimate for the repairs. Once the repairs are completed, residents will need to submit a copy of the paid contractor's invoice (for work completed on or after July 1st, 2013).
 
Once approved, residents will have one year to complete the work before their funds are forfeited.
 
The funds are available on a first come, first served basis, so when the funds are gone, no more grants will be awarded.

If you have questions about this grant please contact Mark Soderberg at (612) 673-3543.

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MCES I&I Grant Application Process

Eligible expenses are for out-of-pocket costs of repair only, may not include any owner labor cost.  Inspection costs are allowable only if service line inspected results in eligible repairs.  Expenses eligible for reimbursement are for work completed on or after July 1st, 2013.

1.  APPLY FOR GRANT

Submit grant application to City along with contractor’s estimate.

City submits applications to MCES on a monthly basis. MCES reviews applications and notifies City of grant status.

After applying for grant, the grant will either be DENIED or APPROVED. 

2A.  GRANT DENIED

City notifies applicant of denial.

*OR*

2B.  GRANT APPROVED

City notifies applicant grant was approved and sends a reimbursement form.
MCES holds funds for applicant.

3B.  APPLICANT MAKES REPAIRS

A plumbing permit is required to repair your sanitary service lateral to ensure that the work is done properly and meets current Minneapolis code.  If you are hiring a plumbing contractor to repair your sewer lateral, the contractor typically would obtain the plumbing permit.

Plumbing permits for sewer repairs outside the building can be obtained by a licensed plumber by calling (612) 673-2451.  A list of plumbing contractors that perform outside plumbing work on your sanitary sewer lateral is available from Minneapolis Utility Connections.  This list is revised each January.

4B. APPLICANT PRESENTS PAPERWORK

Applicant submits reimbursement form and a copy of paid contractor invoice.

5B. CITY VERIFIES REPAIRS AND SUBMIITS PAPERWORK

Once repairs are verified, the city will review the connection permit and inspection records and submit the grant form to MCES.

6B.  GRANT PAYMENT

MCES submits payment to City.
City forwards payment to applicant.

MCES I&I Grant – Process: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

MCES is offering a limited number of grants to residents who repair or replace their sanitary sewer line to facilitate the reduction of inflow and infiltration into the metropolitan sewer system.

Who qualifies for this grant?

The grant is available to any property owner living in a Metropolitan Council’s I&I surcharge City, which includes Minneapolis.

 

How much financial assistance can I get?

Property owners can receive a reimbursement for one third of the cost of the eligible repairs, up to a maximum of $2,000. 

 

How do I apply for the grant?

Residents can begin submitting grant requests on or after February 14th, 2014. Applications are available on the City’s website.

 

What kind of paperwork do I need to submit?

Along with the application form, residents need to submit a copy of a contractor’s estimate for the repairs. Once the repairs are completed, residents will need to submit a copy of the paid contractor’s invoice and a grant reimbursement form.

 

How long do I have to make the repairs?

Once approved, residents will have one year to complete the work before their funds are forfeited.

 

How long will the grant program be in place?

The funds are available on a first come, first served basis, so when the funds are gone, the program will be finished. 

 

 

Last updated Feb 10, 2014