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Cart-based Curbside Recycling Collection Grant

The Recycling Partnership grant request for proposals, is targeted to counties, municipalities, tribes and solid waste authorities with 4,000 or more households seeking to upgrade to cart-based curbside recycling collection. Awardees will receive up to $7/cart in grant funding, tailored educational materials paired with a communications grant, and best in class technical assistance.

More information

This entry was posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017.

Waste Tire Innovative Market Development Grant Program

The deadline for submitting an application for review is April 30, 2017 at 2:00pm.

Projects should be innovative with the potential of expanding tire-derived product markets in Colorado and regionally.

Grant funding will be available for the following initiatives:

  • To assist in the testing and/or research and development of new and existing waste tire recycling technologies, applications and products;
  • To assist in the incorporation of tire-derived materials, including ground rubber, tire-derived aggregate, and tire-derived fuel into one or more tire-derived products, or applications; and
  • To have testing conducted by an independent lab, (laboratory or testing facility associated with) Institutes of Higher Education, or other accredited facility on newly developed tire-derived products.

Please visit the website for further information. Any project approved must be completed by December 15, 2017. You must be located or operating in Colorado to apply.



This entry was posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Foam Recycling Grants

The Foam Recycling Coalition, a part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, supports increased recycling of packaging made from foam polystyrene through their grant program. The FRC seeks applicants looking to start or strengthen a post-consumer foam
polystyrene recycling program.

This initiative helps fund infrastructure for the collection, processing and marketing of products made from foam polystyrene. It targets post-consumer foam polystyrene products, which includes foodservice packaging (i.e., cups, plates, bowls, clamshells, cafeteria trays) and other types of packaging, such as egg cartons; meat trays; and protective packaging (used when shipping electronics and other fragile items).

Applications must be submitted by April 17, 2017.

Further information and grant application are available at www.recyclefoam.org.

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 12th, 2017.

EPA Environmental Education Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting applications for environmental education projects under the agency’s Environmental Education Grant Program. The program works to engage communities across the country through a wide variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people’s health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects in the past have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on subjects including science, technology, engineering and math.

Eligible organizations include local education agencies, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, tribal education agencies, 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities working in education.

Each of the ten EPA regional offices will award two or three grants and one or two grants will be awarded from EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

For more information about the program and how to apply: http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

This entry was posted on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation

EREF is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is one of the largest sources of funding for solid waste research in North America. The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.

Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:

  1. Waste minimization
  2. Recycling
  3. Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies:
    • Waste-to-energy
    • Anaerobic digestion
    • Composting
    • Other thermal or biological conversion technologies
  4. Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
  5. Landfilling

There are two annual deadlines for pre-proposal submissions:

  • January 6
  • June 1

More information: http://erefdn.org/index.php/grants/proposal

This entry was posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017.

Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Fund Grants Program



The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Act of 2007 established a grant program within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The act also established a recycling rebate program to support those Colorado businesses and organizations that are actively collecting materials for recycling. These funds promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards.

Information regarding this funding opportunity, the schedule, and the grant application can all be found on the CDPHE website.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017.

Colorado Climate Fund Climate & Community Benefit Projects

Do you have a project or program that could benefit from developing a ‘climate and community benefit project’ with the Colorado Carbon Fund (CCF)?

CCF is looking specifically for Colorado-based organizations that address areas around social and economic equity in addition to environmental conservation, while preferably having an element of carbon reduction included. CCF believe that support should come from local Colorado-based projects where communities receive direct benefits from both the project and the reduction of carbon emissions.

Colorado Carbon Fund website
Climate and Community Benefit proposals and project guidelines

If you know of specific projects that could benefit from a stream of funding from the donations/offsets made to the CCF or for more information contact:

Kyle Jerome
Sustainability Implementation Fellow
Natural Capitalism Solutions, 501(c)3 Non-Profit
Implementing Genuine Sustainability
email: kjerome@natcapsolutions.org
office: 720-684-6580
mobile: 720-490-8734

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

Pollution Prevention Grant Program

The P2 Program has established three “P2 national emphasis areas” (NEAs) to provide a more centralized focus and direction and to improve coordination of grants. These three national emphasis areas were first implemented in fiscal year 2015 and will remain the priority through fiscal years 2016 and 2017 as indicated in the National Program Manager Guidance.

These NEAs offer significant opportunities for pollution prevention and environmental impact:

1) Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Implement P2 projects that achieve significant and measureable reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or energy efficiency through technical assistance to businesses.

2) Pollution Prevention Practices in the Food Manufacturing and Processing Sector: Implement pollution prevention projects that support more sustainable food manufacturing resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, hazardous materials generation and use, and/or business costs.

3) State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction: Implement state or community-based approaches to hazardous materials source reduction activities that result in reduced generation and use of hazardous materials.

For more information, visit http://www2.epa.gov/p2.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grants

The ALT Fuels Colorado program is managed in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). This program provides funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles. CEO will administer infrastructure grants and RAQC will administer vehicle grants.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grants

Eligible Fleets: Public, non-profict and private fleets that are domicilied in or near and predominately operate in Colorado’s ozone nonattainment areas and carbon monoxide maintenance areas. These include Adamss, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, parts of Larimer, parts of Weld, parts of El Paso and parts of Teller Counties.

Applications accepted three times a year through 2017.

More information

This entry was posted on Monday, December 26th, 2016.

Recycling Rebates Program

The intent of this rebate program is to assist free public recycling drop-off sites by offsetting a portion of the transportation costs incurred by shipping recyclables to market or to a processing center. For more information, please visit the CDPHE website

Please direct questions via email to cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us or to 303-691-4955.

RREO Rebate Program: Funds Distributed by County, FY2009-2015

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This entry was posted on Sunday, December 25th, 2016.

Great American Can Roundup School Challenge

The Great American Can Roundup is an annual aluminum beverage can recycling initiative from the Can Manufacturer’s Institute (CMI). The Challenge is for your group to collect and recycle the most cans per person during a set time period. Then log and report your recycling amounts to CMI. And CMI awards prize money to the winner of each Challenge!

The School Recycling Challenge is open to all K-12 public and private schools located in the United States and the District of Columbia. To compete schools must register at www.canroundup.com.

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 24th, 2016.

Green Up Our Schools

Green Up Our Schools is a grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs.

Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years, personalized assistance achieving their goals, and support from our partners and local member schools.


This entry was posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016.

SBDC Advanced

SBDC ADVANCED is a new business development program administered by the Colorado SBDC Network. It is an economic gardening program, focused on helping our Colorado companies to grow by providing custom-fit market research and corporate-level tools that might otherwise be out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses. These businesses can then use this data to make informed strategic growth decisions.

The SBDC ADVANCED program is open to Colorado businesses at three levels: Gold, Silver, and Copper (see details below). Deliverables provided may include specialized reports in market research, geographic information systems (GIS), financial analysis, marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). The SBDC ADVANCED program taps into corporate-level tools, experienced consultants and their strategic plans.


Applications accepted year-round.

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016.

Solidwaste Management Grant Program

What does this program do? This program helps reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources through funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.

What is an eligible area? Rural areas and towns with 10,000 or fewer people–check eligible addresses.

Special consideration may be given for projects serving:

  • an area with fewer than 5,500 or fewer than 2,500 people;
  • regional, multi-state or national areas; or
  • lower-income populations.

What may the funds be used for?

  • Evaluate current landfill conditions to identify threats to water resources
  • Provide technical assistance or training to enhance the operation and maintenance of active landfills
  • Provide technical assistance or training to help communities reduce the amount of solid waste coming into a landfill
  • Provide technical assistance or training to prepare for closure and future use of a landfill site

Deadline for application: December 31, 2017

More information

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2016.