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Waste Reduction Grant Program 2020 - This program is Suspended until further notice!


Goals of Grant: To provide funds to assist schools that are located in one of SWANCC's member communities with implementing reduce, reuse, recycle & compost initiatives and educate administrators, teachers, staff and students about the many benefits of enacting waste prevention measures. Visit for a list of member communities.    

Overview: The grant coordinator must outline the waste reduction project goals in this application, desired materials/equipment and associated costs, and agree to SWANCC’s Waste Reduction Grant Program Terms and Deadlines.  Grant coordinators may request funding from $200 up to $2,500, with the understanding that requested funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar.  Applications will be vetted by SWANCC staff and the number of grants awarded is dependent upon the total number of applications received and their projected costs, as funds are limited.

Eligible Expenditures:  SWANCC’s Waste Reduction Grant funds are to be used to start or expand programs and projects focused on preventing waste – reusing items and recycling materials or composting food waste.  Grant funds can be used to purchase, but are not limited to: reusable food trays, plates, cutlery or bulk condiment dispensers; reusable beverage cups, mugs, bottles or pitchers; waste-free lunch items such as reusable bags, napkins, food containers, etc.; indoor/outdoor recycling containers or composting bins; dry-erase boards, etc.

Non-Eligible Expenditures:  Grant funds cannot be used for maintenance or recycling/composting service fees; items that have on-going costs, such as office supplies, liner bags for recycling or composting containers, light bulbs, etc.; give-a-ways such as pencils, temporary tattoos and t-shirts; or fieldtrips.

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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