Community Waste Reduction Grant

The Community Waste Reduction Grant (CWRG) program is a competitive program that is open to all governmental entities such as parks, cities, townships and villages, schools, other public sectors, and non-profit organizations. Proposed projects and programs should address the unique waste reduction, diversion, and recycling needs of central Ohio; emphasize partnership building and collaboration, and address opportunities to leverage the waste stream for community benefit.  Please sign up to receive notifications and/or to share ideas.  

2022 CWRG Cycle Information

The 2022 application cycle has closed.  Applications for the 2023 CWRG program will be accepted beginning in April 2022 for projects occurring in the 2023 calendar year.  Interested applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to email the Grants Administrator before drafting an application to discuss ideas. 

Eligible applicants must be located within SWACO's jurisdiction.  Please click here to view a map of SWACO's jurisdiction.

To sign up to receive notifications regarding our 2023 application cycle and/or to share ideas, please click here.

Watch the Pre-recorded Webinar to Learn More about the 2019 Application Cycle
Watch the Pre-recorded Webinar to Learn More about the 2019 Application Cycle
Watch the Pre-recorded Webinar to Learn More about the 2019 Application Cycle

CWRG Purpose  

The Community Waste Reduction Grant (PDF) is available to support innovative waste reduction and materials diversion programs by providing financial support to help offset the costs of these efforts.  If a project is awarded grant dollars, SWACO requires grantees to document and measure the impact of the project’s activities.  A final report detailing successes, challenges, and impacts of the projects waste reduction and diversion efforts must be provided in a final report.

CWRG Webinars

Please be sure to check out our grant webinars focused on best management practices for waste reduction, sustainability, grant eligibility, and SWACO's application process.

Other Grant Opportunities

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)Recycling and Litter Prevention program supports communities, nonprofits, businesses, and academic institutions that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices, stimulate economic growth, and support litter prevention efforts through four different grants.  

Available grant opportunities are available for Community and Litter, Academic Institution, Market Development, and Scrap Tire activities.

Grants are awarded on an annual basis. Applications open the first Monday in November and close the first Friday in February the following year.

Register for an upcoming webinar to learn more!

2022 Grant Cycle Webinar - Nov. 3, 2021, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

2022 Grant Cycle Webinar - Jan. 6, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Hear from our past CWRG recipients! Check out our videos below:

Please contact SWACO at 614-871-5100 or email Grants Administrator with questions.