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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.

Application information for the second round of the 2020 program is available now.

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.  Other entities can be the owner/or operator of the ice arena, thus the beneficiary of the grant award.  

All awards are for reimbursement of costs for completed projects.

Application

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

Questions?  Contact us.

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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