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Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and Individuals to Improve Waste Management

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Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District (MMSWMD)

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05/14/21 4:00 PM - Large Grants


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Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, municipalities, counties, public institutions, private businesses, and individuals to improve waste management in eligible locations. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary application before a final application. A very strong preference will be given to projects that lead to long term diversion and sustainability. Applicants should currently or eventually be operating within Region H: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Osage counties.

The purpose of the District Grant program is to provide financial assistance to cities, counties and organizations - private, for-profit and non-profit, that will:

  1. Develop new or improved programs that will reduce the generation of solid waste, or
  2. Will create new markets or improve markets for recovered materials or
  3. Will improve the handling of items banned by MO law from landfills

The following project categories will be considered for funding:

  • Waste Reduction/Source Reduction: Practices which avoid or reduce the amount of waste produced by changing a product design, making consumer goods repairable and/or more durable, changing processing methods and/or consumer behavior and buying habits.
  • Research and Development Reduction/Recycling: Development of new processes to reduce the amount of waste produced or for collecting, processing, re-manufacturing or selling material as a new product.
  • Collection/Processing: Activities that recover or transport materials or prepare materials for recycling markets.
  • Market Development: Activities that stimulate or increase the demand for recovered materials.
  • Composting: Activities that facilitate the controlled biological decomposition of organic solid waste, thereby reducing yard waste.
  • Energy Recovery/Incineration: Energy recovery through combustion of waste.
  • Educational/Informational: Programs to effectively inform and instruct the general public on waste management and waste reduction activities.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138562

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Project Program - Available Funding: $50,000 or 15% of the district's total annual allocation. Requests cannot exceed $10,000 with total project cost (request + matching funds) not exceeding $30,000.

Large Project Program - Available Funding: Funding will consist of the district's yearly allocation, typically $350,000-$400,000, minus $50,000 for small projects, minus the allocation MMSWMD will use for district operations and plan implementation. If not all of the $50,000 allocation for small grants is awarded, then the remainder will be available for the large project program. Request cannot exceed $100,000, additional documentation required for request over $50,000. There is no limit for total project cost (request + match).

The total dollar amount allowed any one applicant shall not exceed $100,000 for the fiscal year, beginning July-June.

Limit Per Project - Maximum amount of funds available for each project:
- Waste Reduction, R&D Reduction/Recycling, Market Development, Composting, Collection and Processing: $100,000
- Energy Recovery through Incineration: $75,000
- Educational/Informational: $25,000

Term of Contract:

August/September 2021 – Projected start date (following approval by Executive Board and MDNR)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants should currently or eventually be operating within Region H:
1. Municipalities
2. Counties
3. Public institutions
4. Nonprofit organizations
5. Private business
6. Individuals

Ineligible applicants:
1. Applicant directly involved in evaluation, ranking, selection, and award of financial assistance
2. Applicant who has a conflict of interest i.e. an employee, spouse or partner who takes part in #1 and/or receives an award, contract, gratuity or favor from applicant

Funding for glasphalt projects is limited to expenses directly associated with acquisitions, processing or delivery of glass. Paving and road grade costs are not eligible as grant items, but may be included as matching funds.

These are costs which district grant funds will not cover:
- Operating expenses of local, county and district governments that are not directly related to the project activities
- Costs incurred prior to or after the project start/end date
- Taxes
- Legal costs
- Contingency funds
- Land acquisition
- Disposal costs (projects that collect solid waste for disposal on continuous basis)
- Fines, penalties
- Food/beverage for district employees, board members, or sub-grantees at non-working meetings
-Memorial donations for board members, district employees or sub-grantees
- Office decorations
- Lobbyists, pursuant to section 105.470, RSMo.

It is the policy of MMSWMD to disallow indirect costs for overhead or fiscal and administrative costs. These costs are not an allowable charge to grant fund.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Due to health concerns, MMSWMD will not be holding workshops in a group setting. They are making themselves available for one-on-one training and support instead. Please email or call staff to arrange a training session.

Pre-Application Information:

Spring 2021 Large Grant Call (large grant projects only, up to $100,000):
- 4/19/21 – Required preliminary application due
- 5/14/21 – Final application due by 4:00 p.m.
- May/June 2021 – MMSWMD Advisory Committee review
- 6/9/21 – MMSWMD Executive Board decision
- July/August 2021 – “Estimated” MDNR approval
- August/September 2021 – Projected start date (following approval by Executive Board and MDNR)

A Video Training on Electronic Grant Submittal can be found on the URL for Full Text, below.

Important Documents:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please do not hesitate to contact MMSWMD staff with your questions.
Elise Buchheit - (573) 817-6422
Ramon Garza III - (573) 874-7574

Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District
P.O. Box 6015
701 East Broadway, Third Floor
Columbia, MO 65201

Phone: (573) 874-7574
Fax: (573) 874-7266

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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