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2020 Recycle Ohio Grant Program

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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 annual R&LP grant program is accepting applications from Nov. 4, 2019 through Feb. 7, 2020, with grants awarded on July 1, 2020. 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 type.

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.

Academic Institution Grant – Public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities may receive funding for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment, and conference sponsorships. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project. The maximum award and match requirements vary based on the type of project completed. Review the Academic Institution Grant fact sheet for details.

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.

For more information about the grant programs, go to or contact Marie Barnett at or (614) 644-2798.

Ohio EPA’s R&LP grant program is accepting applications from Nov. 4, 2019 through Feb. 7, 2020 for its annual awards in July 2020. Applications must be completed online: To help entities successfully apply for the 2020 grants, DEFA will host a webinar on Jan. 8, 2020. More information is available at