Community Waste Reduction Grant

Grant Cycle


COMING SOON!  The 2019 Community Waste Reduction Grant cycle will begin Friday, July 2, 2018.  Applicants will have until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 to submit application packages.  Please check back on Friday, July 2 to download the application information.

Interested applicants may also contact Kristi Higginbotham 614-801-6413 to discuss grant ideas and questions.  

Purpose

The Community Waste Reduction (CWR) Grant (PDF) is available to support the waste reduction and materials diversion efforts of local government entities, including but not limited to schools, universities and parks, and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County by providing financial support to help offset the costs of these efforts. In return, SWACO requires grantees to document and measure the projects impacts, report results to enhance waste reduction and recycling opportunities in central Ohio and contribute to SWACO's data collection. 

June 29, 2017 - September 22, 2017 at 5 p.m. SWACO accepted applications for the 2018 Community Waste Reduction Grant Program.  

SWACO hosted a webinar on July 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to provide clarity on the Community Waste Reduction Grant program process.  Please click here to view and listen.

Program Goal



The goal of the CWR Grant Program is to maintain and improve Franklin County's recycling rate of 46.5% by funding innovative projects that address unique community waste reduction needs and have the ability to be modeled throughout central Ohio. Eligible applicants for the grant program include local government entities, including but not limited to public schools, universities and colleges, parks and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County.

The CWR Grant Criteria for evaluating applications include project planning, measurable outcomes, financial viability, need and project sustainability. Grants are competitively awarded and support efforts focused on diverting materials from the landfill through:
 
  • Waste Reduction & Reuse
  • Recycling
  • Organic Waste & Food Waste Diversion 
  • Outreach, Education & Awareness

Eligibility



Eligible applicants for the grant program include local government entities, including but not limited to schools, universities and colleges, parks and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County.  SWACO's jurisdiction of Franklin County (PDF)
   

Funding 


The minimum grant amount is $500 and the maximum is $35,000. Applicants must demonstrate a 25% monetary contribution towards the project.  Allowable costs may include: 

  • Recycling & Diversion Equipment
  • Educational Supplies & Materials
  • Personal Service Contracts

Awards



Six grants were awarded during the 2016-2017 grant cycle.  Please view our Summary Document (PDF) to learn more about these awarded programs & projects.

Eleven grants were awarded for the 2018 grant cycle.  Please learn more here and see the below list of awarded programs and projects:
  • City of Hilliard
  • COSI
  • Franklin County Public Health    
  • Franklinton Cycle Works              
  • Franklinton Gardens
  • Hilliard City Schools
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank
  • New Albany High School
  • Otterbein University        
  • Summer Jam West          
  • The Arts College and Preparatory Academy

Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about SWACO's Grants Programs please contact SWACO at 614-871-5100 or e-mail a Programs Administrator.