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Universal Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loan Program

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, For-Profits, Schools
and Municipalities to Implement Recycling Programs

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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC)

Deadline Date:

07/12/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Delaware nonprofits, schools, municipalities, and for-profit organizations for recycling initiatives and activities. Priority is given to educational school trips, reduction of food waste, and other competitive programs. Collaboration and creativity are strongly encouraged.

School Field Trip Program: Funding for drivers and buses to take all students/classes from a single grade level from every school in Delaware to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) Education Center. This program is open to any public or non-public school within Delaware. Total Funding: $80,000

Food Waste Reduction Initiatives Program: Projects within this category must be directed at ways to help the industry reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills currently in Delaware. Collaborative projects between industry participants is highly encouraged. Total Funding: $100,000

Open/Competitive Programs: This category is focused on projects in the following five key areas that the Recycling Public Advisory Council has identified as important. Total Funding: $210,000
- Data Analytics
- Economic/Recycling Markets Study
- Behavior Change
- School/University
- Municipal/County Government

Eligible Costs
- Capital equipment costs;
- Education and outreach costs;
- Research studies conducted by qualified investigators from which conclusions on the effectiveness of Universal Recycling programs can be drawn and recommendations made that will contribute to achieving the diversion goals established in 7 Del. C. §6056;
- Training costs.

Additional Details on Program Areas:

Low-interest loans are possible through this program. For more information:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150836

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

School Field Trip Program: Up to $500 per driver/bus necessary for a field trip

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to initiate on January 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In the broadest terms, eligible applicants are for-profit entities, nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, schools, and other organizations collectively referred to as persons inclusive of the following:
- Persons proposing to provide public education and community outreach, conduct applicable research studies, or facilitate training, provided they can demonstrate relevant prior successes and their capacity to accomplish the goal of their application; and possess the financial, technical and managerial capability to conduct the proposed activity.
- Those persons engaged in the business of collecting, transporting, processing, or marketing recyclable materials.
- All for-profit businesses, nonprofit businesses, municipalities, schools, and organizations that may be starting, improving, or expanding their own recycling programs.

Ineligible Applicants
- State executive branch agencies, departments, and offices required to comply with Executive Order Eighteen (EO-18) or any Executive Orders supplanting EO 18;
- Homeowners/individual residents transporting their own waste and recyclables; and
- Organizations or entities that are not formally established and operating at the time of application (note: consideration will be given to such entities for loan funding).

Ineligible Costs:

Pre-Application Information:

Award Process:
- July 12, 2019: Grants and Low Interest Loan application submittals are due by 4:00 PM on this day. DNREC staff will review all applications for completeness and collate eligible applications to be passed on to the RPAC Grants Sub-Committee.
- October 23, 2019: RPAC council meets and approves grants/loans.
- November 1-30: DNREC coordinates with successful grant/loan awardees to initiate contracting process.
- December 2019: Mandatory meeting between DNREC and each grant/loan recipient to discuss contract and provide copy for signature.
- January 2020: Cycle 9 projects are initiated.

The grant application period will run from May 17 to July 12, 2019. Applications are due by 4:00 PM on July 12, 2019.

It is anticipated that awards will be made in October 2019 by the RPAC and contracts will be signed November/December 2019.

This is a reimbursement-based program.

DNREC staff is available to provide technical and administrative assistance. Interested parties should contact Adam Schlachter using the contact information below.

Contact Information:

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

Adam Schlachter

Submit application materials to:

If an applicant is unable to email the application package, the original application package may be mailed or hand delivered to:

Recycling Grants & Loan Program
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

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