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HVAC improvement grants for Minnesota schools


Established by the State Legislature in 2023, the Air Ventilation Pilot Grant Program will provide grant funding to public schools to assess, test, adjust and improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Eligible schools will be invited to submit a full grant application starting on March 31, 2024.

The following school types are public, as defined by MDE, for this grant program:

  1.  Independent Districts and Schools (Minn. Stat. 123B.02)
  2.  Special District and Schools (Minn. Stat 123A.69)
  3.  Charter Schools, provided they self-own their building(s) or there is a long-term lease (Minn. State 124E.03)

Public schools that receive federal Title I funding and at least 40% of the students served by the school qualify for a free or reduced-fee lunch are planned to be given priority.

Eligible districts or schools may apply for a grant of up to $50,000 to improve the energy efficiency and
performance of school ventilation systems for the following activities:

  • Completing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning report (HVAC Report).
  • HVAC testing, adjusting and balancing work.
  • Ventilation equipment upgrades, replacements or other measures recommended by the HVAC Report.
  • Work on a HVAC system to improve health, safety, energy or system efficiency, or to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the system.
  • Other HVAC projects that have not already been approved by section Minn. Stat. § 123B.595.

Let MN Department of Commerce help you decide if your school is eligible!

For more information about the program, eligibility and application process, contact:
Mike Lynn at 651-539-1864 or [email protected] 

Or the Minnesota Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center: [email protected], 651-539-1886

Air Ventilation Pilot Grants

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