Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Program (R&LP) provides grant funding to communities and businesses that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices and stimulate market development for reusing recyclables and litter prevention efforts. Ohio EPA’s R&LP grant program is accepting applications through Feb. 1, 2019 for its annual awards in July 2019. The application process for this funding program is highly competitive. Total available grant funds vary from year to year. There is a maximum award for a single project and different match requirements, depending on the grant.
Applications must be completed online: https://ohioepa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2934. To help entities successfully apply for the 2019 grants, DEFA hosted a webinar on Nov. 14. To view the recorded webinar, go to: https://youtu.be/wiX1Qkr-yqU. More information is available at recycleohio.gov.
Community and Litter Grant – Local governments can apply for funding to purchase recycling-related collection and processing equipment. Communities and non-profit organizations can also apply for funding to implement litter collection events and tire amnesty programs. Tire amnesty programs require a minimum $0.50 collection fee per tire. The maximum award for a Community and Litter Grant project is $200,000 and requires a 25 percent match.
Market Development Grant – Businesses, manufacturers and material processors, through a government agency sponsor, can apply for funding to purchase equipment that creates or expands processing capacity for recyclable materials, including equipment to remanufacture recyclable materials into bulk raw material or finished product. The maximum award for a Market Development Grant project is $200,000 and requires a 100 percent match.
Scrap Tire Grant – This grant program offers businesses, manufacturers and material processors funding to create or expand processing and recycling opportunities for scrap tires. Funds are also available for beneficial use projects that incorporate ground tire rubber and recycled asphalt shingles. Business applicants must have a governmental sponsor. The maximum award for a Scrap Tire Grant project is $300,000 and requires a 100 percent match.
Provided they are in good financial standing with the State and have no outstanding environmental compliance issues, the following Ohio groups are eligible to apply for grant funding through these programs.
- health departments;
- municipal corporations;
- park districts;
- private sector businesses*;
- private universities*;
- public universities;
- solid waste management authorities and districts;
- state agencies;
- townships; and
*These groups may require a public sponsor.
Criteria for successful grants includes, but is not limited to:
- Consistency with the strategic goals of the local and state solid waste management plans.
- Financial need of the applicant.
- No outstanding financial or compliance issues with applicant.
- Positive regional or statewide economic and environmental impact.
- Potential for evolution into a permanent service or program without future Agency funding.
- Qualifies as an eligible project.