Event Waste Reduction Grant

Franklin County is proud to be home to many public events. It won't be long before the 2017 event season is upon us! Many residents and businesses look forward to the public events and outdoor festivals that take place across Franklin County during the warmer months. As the County continues to grow in population and popularity, tens of thousands of people now attend these local events, bolstering our $8.7 billion travel and tourism industry which supports 71,000 jobs.

The Event Waste Reduction (EWR) Grant (PDF) seeks to assist local event organizers with reducing event-generated waste and diverting as much as possible from the landfill. In addition, these grants also assist event organizers in building the infrastructure needed to sustain these diversion efforts in order to continue to contribute to a safe and healthy community for all Franklin County residents. 

To date, EWR grant funding has assisted local events in diverting nearly 27 tons of event-generated waste from the landfill.
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2017 Grant Details & Eligibility

  • Competitive program that provides reimbursement funding only for activities that increase reuse, recycling and composting, as well as diversion-related outreach and education activities at public events.
  • Grants awards range from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on the size of the event.
  • The event must be within SWACO's jurisdiction of Franklin County (PDF).
  • Event must be open to the public with a projected attendance of 2,000 people or more.
  • Funding will be evaluated based on an events proposed establishment or promotion of new waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs, and/or the significant expansion or improvement of existing diversion and outreach activities.

​Grant Cycle

  • The grant application period is currently closed.
  • Applications were accepted between December 15, 2016 and February 17, 2017 until 5 p.m.
  • Grants were awarded in March 2017.
  • Please check back in December 2017 to learn more about the 2018 grant cycle.


Download SWACO's Event Waste Reduction Best Practices Guide (PDF)
Download the City of Columbus Green Event Guide (PDF)

Recycling Container Loan Program

SWACO also has recycling containers available for local event organizers to loan. Learn more about how our Recycling Container Loan Program can assist with your event.

Additional Information

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