The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) is accepting applications for four types of recycling-related grants to be awarded in 2017. Grant applications for all four programs are due Feb. 3, 2017.
The agency says will host an informational webinar about the grants at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (Details can be found here.)
OEPA also will host an information meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, to explain eligibility requirements and the grant application process. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the Ohio Department of Transportation office on 1980 West Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio. Those attending should be prepared to present photo identification for security purposes.
OEPA says it administers four grants through its Recycling and Litter Prevention program:
- Community Development Grants are designed to allow Ohio communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts. The grants can provide funding for recycling collection and materials processing equipment, including new infrastructure to collect and process materials such as construction and demolition debris, electronic scrap, glass, paper-based materials, and plastics.
- Litter Management Grants can fund litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction. Ohio communities can receive funding for litter cleanup and tire amnesty collection efforts. Grant proposals must include litter cleanup on public land, roadsides or public waterways.
- Market Development Grants are offered to Ohio businesses and nonprofits to purchase equipment and build infrastructure to develop markets for recyclable materials and related products. Proposals should focus on materials collected or processed in Ohio and they require a governmental agency sponsorship.
- Scrap Tire Grants are available to Ohio business and local communities interested in either modifying manufacturing operations to accept scrap tire material, expand a tire processing operation, develop or utilize the material in civil engineering projects or product manufacturing. Scrap material must be collected or processed in Ohio.
Grant awards will be announced during April 2017, with funding available in July. Prospective applicants can download grant information at www.recycleohio.gov.
The grant programs are available to a variety of eligible applicants including municipal corporations, counties, townships, villages, state colleges or universities, solid waste management districts or authorities, park districts, health districts, nonprofit organizations, statewide recycling and litter prevention trade associations, “Keep Ohio Beautiful” affiliates, boards of education and businesses.