The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting proposals for regional planning studies that examine how existing waste diversion activities in a defined region can be better coordinated with the intent to maximize waste diversion in the future. These regional planning studies will include conducting one or more waste audits, identifying key stakeholders and convening stakeholder meetings, and identifying existing and future infrastructure needs and potential policy changes. The findings from each of these activities will be presented in a final report. The anticipated project timeline is November 30, 2015 through October 31, 2016.
Applicants have the flexibility to define the regional study area, which will be influenced by the flow of post-consumer waste materials from point of collection to processing center. The regional study must focus on the effective management of residential and commercial post-consumer recyclables and compostables. Reuse of materials may also be included in the regional study if the Applicant wishes to expand the scope beyond recyclables and compostables.
A budget of $215,000 is available to fund no more than five regional studies. Project budgets cannot request more than $50,000 in grant funds. If the majority of proposals request less than the maximum award amount of $50,000, it is possible that a fifth proposal may be funded.
Please visit the department’s website for more information about this Request for Applications and to access the grant application templates.
**Deadline extended to October 9, 2015, 3:00 PM MDT.**