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Event Waste Reduction Grant

Central Ohio is proud to be home to many public events.  Many residents and businesses look forward to annual events and outdoor festivals that take place during the warmer months. As the county continues to grow in population and popularity, tens of thousands of people now attend these local events.  

The Event Waste Reduction Grant (EWRG) provides reimbursement funding for activities at events in SWACO's jurisdiction that increase waste reduction, reuse, recycling, food scrap composting, and food donation; as well as diversion-related outreach and education activities to increase public awareness of the importance of these activities.  Grant dollar amounts are awarded based on event attendance and eligibility criteria.

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

Purpose

The EWRG seeks to assist local event organizers with reducing event-generated waste and diverting as much material as possible from the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. Event waste reduction grants also aid in helping event organizers with building needed and necessary infrastructure to sustain diversion efforts beyond the grant funding year.

APPLY NOW for a 2024 Event Waste Reduction Grant!

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We are now accepting grant applications for the 2024 Event Waste Reduction Grant (EWRG) cycle.  Interested applicants, planning events, are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact Kristi Higginbotham, SWACO Programs Administrator at: [email protected] or 614-871-5100 before drafting an application to discuss the timeline and proposed activities.  

Applicants have until Friday, August 2, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. to submit. If awarded, funded projects must be completed by December 31, 2024.

Please Download the Application Package HERE.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant award, events:

  • Must occur within SWACO's jurisdiction (PDF) of Franklin County, Ohio.
  • Must take place during the grant cycle calendar year.
  • Must be open to the public.
  • Must have a projected attendance of 2,000 people or more.
  • Events ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 attendees are eligible to apply for up to $2,000
  • Events ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 attendees are eligible to apply for up to $4,000
  • Events ranging from 30,000 to 60,000 attendees or greater are eligible to apply for up to $6,000
  • Recipients must provide a twenty percent (20%) cash contribution toward the project.
  • Applications must be received 8 weeks before the event.
  • No approved purchases can be made before the execution of a grant agreement.
  • Funding is available for establishing, improving, or expanding waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, or food donation activities at events.

Webinars

Please click here to watch our pre-application and event waste reduction best practices webinar.

Containers for Loan

SWACO offers containers for loan to help events within our jurisdiction effectively recycle and compost materials. Please visit the Event Container Loan webpage to learn more today!

Best Practice Guides for Waste Reduction and Diversion

Past Award Recipients

Since 2016, SWACO has funded 26 grants to event organizers totaling more than $80,000 and diverting more than 146,000 pounds of recyclable and compostable materials from the landfill!  

We are proud to have provided grant funding and collaborated with the following events: Green Columbus Earth Day, Columbus CREW Rock on the Range, Greater Columbus Arts Council - Columbus Arts Festival, Dublin Irish Festival, Columbus Food Truck Festival, Dublin Arts Council BREAD Festival, Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, Columbus Italian Festival, HighBall Halloween, Old Hilliard’s Halloween Haunt, The Ohio State University tailgate events, Greater Columbus Convention Center Women's Final Four event, Franklinton Farms,  CoffeeFestColumbus Coffee Festival, ComFest, Festival for Good and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Summer Festival in Grove, City, What? Music and Arts Fest, Final Third Foundation, Pelotonia, and the Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta.

  • 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. 


  1. Solid Waste Authority of Central OH Homepage

Contact Us

  1. Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio

    4239 London Groveport Road
    Grove City, OH 43123
    Phone: 614-871-5100
    Email: [email protected]

Hours

  1. Landfill Hours: 

    Monday - Friday - 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday - 6 a.m. - Noon

    Administrative Hours:

    Monday - Friday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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