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Illegal Open Dump Grant

Grants to Kentucky Cities and Counties for the
Removal of Non-Permitted Garbage Dumps

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) - Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) - Division of Waste Management (DWM)

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 4:30 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to Kentucky cities and counties to cleanup illegal garbage dump sites throughout the state. Proposals will be prioritized according to the dump size; hazard posed by the dump contents; and proximity to sensitive receptors and protected areas, such as streams, supply wells, and wetlands.

An “illegal open dump,” as defined in 401 KAR 49:080, Section 1, means any facility or site for the disposal of solid waste that does not have a valid permit issued by the cabinet or does not meet the environmental performance standards established by the cabinet and is equal to or greater than two (2) consolidated cubic yards of solid waste.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153595

Term of Contract:

The grant period is 14 months, from January 1, 2018 until February 28, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant requests for litter cleanup will be accepted from counties in compliance with their five-year solid waste management plans and from incorporated cities which, by solid waste ordinance or other means, provide municipal solid waste collection service.

Pre-Application Information:

Illegal open dumps must be pre-inspected by Division of Waste Management inspectors before you apply for an Illegal Open Dump Remediation Grant. (Check with a DWM regional office inspector for a copy of the pre-inspection form.)

A match of twenty-five (25%) percent of the grant amount, either in-kind or actual dollars, is required for individual dumps costing less than $50,000.

Note that if the county’s projected cleanup cost for a dump on the Estimated Expense Worksheet is greater than $50,000 and the cabinet does not initially impose a match requirement, but the Final Expense Worksheet shows that the actual cleanup cost is less than $50,000, the cabinet may determine that the match requirement should not be waived and the county may be required to provide a match.

As in the past, counties are allowed to clean dumps at their own expense before applying for grant funds and then apply for reimbursement of the actual costs, as long as the county 1.) Gets a pre-inspection before cleaning the dumpsite; 2.) Provides a cost estimate to DWM or requests that DWM personnel be on site during cleanup; and 3.) Gets a post-inspection to verify the dump was properly cleaned before submittal of the application. 

In the event that the project budget is insufficient to complete the dump cleanup, the county is responsible for completing the cleanup and covering the cost difference at its own expense.  If the county notifies and receives the concurrence of DWM on the presence of unexpected site conditions or volumes of waste that were not evident during the pre-inspection, the county then has the option to pursue a reimbursement grant in a later grant cycle. DWM may decline to award reimbursement grants for sites where it is not clear that unforeseen site conditions or volumes of waste were encountered, or due to limited funds in that grant cycle.

Applications for an Illegal Open Dump Remediation Grant must be received by 4:30 PM EST on November 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Lisa Evans

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Division of Waste Management
Recycling and Local Assistance Branch
300 Sower Boulevard, Second Floor
Frankfort KY 40601

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky