Community Waste Reduction Grant

2019 Grant Cycle


The 2019 Community Waste Reduction Grant (CWRG) application cycle is CLOSED

  • Grant applications for the 2019 CWRG were accepted Monday, July 2, 2018 - Friday, September 21, 2018.  
  • Award recipients will be notified of their funding status in November 2018.  
  • Awarded projects will begin in January 2019.  
Please check back in July 2019 for information relating to our 2020 Community Waste Reduction application cycle.  

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



On July 31, 2018, SWACO hosted a webinar on the 2019 CWR Grant Program application process.  To watch the recorded webinar, click here.

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. 

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

2018 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

Hear from our past grant recipients. Check out our new videos!

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.