The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting grant applications for projects that promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards. Projects that meet this goal are designed to implement programs focused on source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting, or beneficial use/reuse for a wide variety of materials. Projects that employ the Hub-and-Spoke model will continue to be a first tier priority for the grant program, though other project ideas are welcome.
The intent of this solicitation is to fund projects that will:
- Accomplish greater levels of solid waste minimization, waste diversion (from landfill disposal), recycling (for various materials or products), material reuse and/or composting;
- Implement proven diversion methods such as Hub-and-Spoke, Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT), market incentives, contracting, municipal ordinance, or other mechanisms;
- Create jobs;
- Improve the financial viability of recycling, composting, and reuse activities in Colorado;
- Educate and inform the general public about recycling; and
- Establish regional partnerships to maximize economies of scale.
Approximately $1.8 million is available for this solicitation. Funding is made possible through the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund (C.R.S. §25-16.5-106.5 Chapter 270 Article 19.7). The department intends to fund multiple projects for a duration of one year, July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
Though optional, grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the bidders meeting. This is each applicant’s opportunity to receive feedback directly from the selection committee on proposal ideas and to resolve any questions an applicant may have about the Request for Applications document. The bidders meeting is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the department’s main campus in Denver. Teleconferencing will be available. RSVP is required. Please reference the Request for Applications document for more details regarding the bidders meeting.
Please visit the department’s website for more information about this Request for Applications and to access the grant application templates.
Applications are due March 3, 2015, 3:00 PM MST.