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Each year, Franklin County is home to hundreds of events which draw thousands of visitors to our community and neighborhoods, supporting our local businesses and economy. These events can also generate large amounts of waste which is sent to the landfill. SWACO offers a competitive grant program to help local event organizers create innovative, long lasting practices to cut down the amount of waste created and improve recycling to reduce their reliance on the landfill. SWACO is inviting grant proposals to be submitted beginning October 6, 2017 and before January 12, 2018 for consideration.
To be eligible for a grant award, events must:
SWACO has $30,000 available for the 2018 grant cycle.
Individuals interested in applying are invited to download the grant application at www.swaco.org and to participate in an educational webinar on November 9th to learn more about the process. To register, for the webinar visit www.swaco.org.
Grants will be awarded in February 2018 and will range from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on the size of the event.
The Event Waste Reduction Grant is a competitive grant to help local event organizers reduce event-generated waste and divert as much as possible from the landfill. Today, 70-percent of the waste that comes to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill could be reused, recycled or diverted away.
This is the second year of the revised Event Waste Reduction grant program. Last year (2016-2017 grant cycle), SWACO awarded $25,000 in grants and supported six (6) events including the Dublin Irish Festival, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, the Columbus Italian Festival, HighBall Halloween in the Short North, Old Hilliard’s Halloween Haunt and a study of the tailgate recycling at OSU football games.