Event Waste Reduction Grant
Franklin County is proud to be home to many public events. It won't be long before the 2018 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.
2018 Grant Cycle
UPDATE January 9, 2018: The deadline to submit applications has been extended to January 31, 2018 by 5pm. Please click here to download the Application.
The EWR Grant is a 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. SWACO has $30,000 available for the 2018 grant cycle. Grants will be awarded in February 2018 and will range from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on the size of the event. SWACO began inviting grant proposals to be submitted October 6, 2017.
To be eligible for a grant award, events must:
- Be within SWACO's jurisdiction of Franklin County (PDF)
- Occur during the 2018 calendar year.
- Be open to the public.
- Have a projected attendance of 2,000 people or more.
- Funding may be requested for activities specific to establishing or promoting new waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs.
- Consideration will also be given to the significant expansion and/or improvement of existing diversion and outreach activities.
2017 Grant Recipient Details
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.
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.
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.