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Reduce Your Wasteline - SWANCC Offers Two Grant Programs
The mission of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County’s (SWANCC) Grant Programs are to provide guidance and resources that assist schools with understanding their waste streams so that waste prevention and recycling measures can be implemented, which will result in sending less resources to the landfill, as well as to educate teachers, staff and students about being better stewards of our environment.  

Eligibility
To qualify to receive a SWANCC Waste Reduction Grant, a K-12 school must be located in a SWANCC-member community; or 50% of the student population must live in one or a combination of a SWANCC member community.

1) Small Scope Waste Reduction Grant for $200
Qualifying K-12 schools can receive up to $200 to purchase equipment, materials or educational resources that promote reduce, reuse or recycle. Grant awards are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

pdf SWANCC Small Scope Waste Grant Application 2017 (428 KB)

2) Large Scope Grant for up to $2,500
SWANCC offers a larger grant, up to $2,500, to a limited number of schools with goals to achieve a greater waste diversion by expanding an existing project or program – or starting a program from scratch.  The Large Scope Grant Program has terms and conditions that a school administrator/principal must agree to prior to submitting an application that include:

  • Establish a Green Team
  • Conduct two waste audits
  • Establish school-wide reduce and reuse activities
  • Institute a comprehensive recycling program
  • Submit a report to SWANCC

pdf SWANCC Large Scope Waste Grant Application 2017 (567 KB)

Eligible Expenditures for Waste Reduction Grant Funds
SWANCC’s Grant funds are to be used to start or expand programs and activities focused on reducing waste – reusing items and recycling materials.  Grant funds can be used for, but are not limited to: reusable food trays or containers; reusable beverage cups, mugs or bottles; SWANCC-approved books and media; indoor/outdoor recycling or composting bins; dry-erase boards, etc.

Non-Eligible Expenditures
Grant funds cannot be used for maintenance or recycling service fees; for items that have an ongoing cost such as office supplies, liner bags for recycling or composting containers, CFL light bulbs, etc.; for giveaways such as pencils, temporary tattoos, or t-shirts; or for field trips or performances.

Questions
Please contact SWANCC’s Recycling and Education Director, Mary Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (847) 724-9205, ext. 204, with any questions.

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