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Mighty Ducks Grant Program

James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program

The James Metzen Mighty Ducks Grant Program assists Minnesota communities in improving indoor air quality in ice arenas, and to provide financial assistance in eliminating the use of R-22 systems in ice arena refrigeration.

Applications Are Closed and All Money Has Been Awarded for 2021. When more money is appropriated by state legislature we’ll update website with amounts and application deadlines.

Program Information

Eliminating R-22 Refrigerant: Direct Systems

Communities may apply for up to $500,000 per arena to replace an existing R-22 direct refrigeration system with a minimum one-to-one dollar match from non-state sources. 

Eliminating R-22 Refrigerant: Indirect Systems

Communities may apply for up to $250,000 per rink to replace an existing R-22 indirect refrigeration system with a minimum one-to-one dollar match from non-state sources.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Communities may apply for up to $25,000 per arena for the replacement, renovation, or addition of automated systems controls for HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs. 

Grant applications must come from a local government unit (LGU), a political subdivision of the State.  The LGU will be the fiscal agent for the grant funds and will execute the application form and resolution.  If facility is not owned and operated by city, please reach out to Jayme Murphy ([email protected]) to discuss Land & Operating Agreements that would be required to attain funding.   

Grants cannot be a passthrough to a private arena without existing Land Use & Operating Agreements.


The following James Metzen Mighty Ducks Grants1 be awarded to 13 applicants in the total amount of $ 2,000,000. $1,000,000 were awarded to projects in the 7 County Metro2 and $1,000,000 were awarded to projects in Greater Minnesota:

                              Anoka, City of                                                                  $487,500.00

                              Champlin, City of                                                             $487,500.00

                              Princeton, City of                                                             $328,785.25

                              Edina, City of                                                                    $25,000.00

                              ISD-882                                                                             $9,797.50

                              New Prague, City of                                                         $17,500.00

                              Steele, County of                                                             $42,887.00

                              Hoyt Lakes, City of                                                           $328,758.25

                              Albert Lea, City of                                                            $25,000.00

                              Delano, City of                                                                 $25,000.00

                              Alexandria, City of                                                           $10,145.00

                              Bagley, City of                                                                  $68,350.00

                              East Grand Forks, City of                                                $143,750.00

Matching funds for 13 awarded projected are estimated by applicants to be at least $7,272,0333. Estimated total project expenses for the 13 awarded applicants is $9,272,0334.

1 The grant awards are conditional upon applicants meeting MASC and State of Minnesota contracting guidelines.

2 Metro Counties defined as Anoka, Hennepin, Washington, Carver, Scott, Dakota, Ramsey.

3 Matching funds are estimated by applicants based on requests assuming receiving maximum funding.  Not all applicants were awarded submitted maximum requested amount due to application requests exceeding available money.

4 Therefore, Matching Funds + Awards do not add up to Estimated Total Project Expenses.

Applications are CLOSED and All Money Has Been Awarded for 2021

A complete application will include three physical copies and one emailed copy of:

1. Application form
2. Resolution of LGU

Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021

If looking for feedback, application must be received at least 10 days prior to the deadline.

Please submit the electronic copy to [email protected] and the hard copies to:

Attn: MASC- Mighty Ducks
1750 105th Ave. NE
Blaine, MN 55449

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Grant History

The Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program was initiated in response to a shortage of available time on ice arenas in all regions of Minnesota.  It was a time of significant growth in all ice sports, but especially girls’ ice hockey.  The community was already facing a shortage of ice time even without a growing group of female hockey players, but their arrival on the Minnesota sports landscape made the issue even more pressing.  Instead of battling head-to-head against an already entrenched male hockey establishment, the MASC pioneered an innovative solution to resolve the shortage and provide greater access for girls to play hockey: help construct additional ice facilities.  Thus, the Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program was born.


View the complete grant award history here.
The grant program is authorized by Minnesota Statute 240A.09.
To view the Minnesota Reference Library report on the Mighty Ducks program – Click Here

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