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Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Municipalities and Regional
Agencies to Promote Recycling and Reduce Waste

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

Conf. Date:

06/03/21

Deadline Date:

07/14/21 11:59 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts municipalities, regional government agencies, and environmental justice municipalities to promote recycling and waste reduction. Funding is intended to develop and enhance recycling, composting, reuse, and household hazardous waste diversion programs.

SMRP funding is currently available for Small-Scale Initiative grants and Recycling Dividends Program payments to qualifying cities and towns.

Targeted Small Scale Initiatives:

This grant will provide funding for the purchase of designated materials and services (“items”) that will sustain existing municipal waste reduction programs or facilitate new, low-cost initiatives.

Use of Grant Funds:

Recycling Dividends Program:

The Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) will provide payments to municipalities that have implemented specific programs and policies proven to maximize reuse, recycling and waste reduction.

Use of Grant Funds:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154647

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Targeted Small Scale Initiatives:
The potential award amount will be calculated based on the population of the municipality or regional group (see table on page 5 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below), seasonally adjusted if applicable.

- Recycling Dividends Program:
Payments range from $2,800 to $260,000, depending on households served and points earned.

Term of Contract:

Funds do not have to be spent in the fiscal year awarded and may be carried over to future years and saved to fund a larger eligible expense or project. However, RDP funds are intended to be invested in waste reduction activities and not be preserved for a rainy-day fund. MassDEP may delay future payments if a municipality is not expending funds as intended.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Individual Massachusetts municipalities.
- Regional governmental entities with legislative authorization may apply for grants on behalf of their Massachusetts member municipalities and residents. This category of applicants may include regional planning authorities, regional solid waste districts, and regional recycling cooperatives.
- Environmental justice (EJ) Municipalities (as per the list found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/environmental-justice-populations-in-massachusetts) and based on 2010 Census data, that contain 45% or more of residents living in an EJ Census Block Group that meets all three of the following criteria:
-- The median annual household is at or below 65 percent of the statewide median income for Massachusetts; and
-- 25 percent or more of the residents are minority; and
-- 25 percent or more of the residents have English Isolation

For a list of the 22 municipalities that meet the above definition, see:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/smrp-municipal-grant-application-guidelines/download#page=2

Eligible Applicants for Targeted Small Scale Initiatives:
- This grant is available to municipal and regional applicants only. Non-profit groups are not eligible.
- Regional group eligibility is limited to those with a core mission of solid waste/recycling management.
- Municipalities awarded RDP funds will NOT be awarded Small Scale funds.

Eligible Applicants for Recycling Dividends Program:
- This grant is available to municipal applicants only.
- Municipalities that do not provide trash services to their residents are eligible to apply provided that a Comprehensive Hauler Regulation (as defined in the criterion in the guidelines) has been adopted as of the date of application.

Applicants must certify that they have "buy recycled" by-laws, ordinances or policies in place; indicate whether their purchasing function is centralized or decentralized; certify that everyone with purchasing authority is aware of the "buy recycled" requirement and reminded of it annually; and attach a copy of this communication.

Municipal applicants must certify that they have active recycling programs that provide recycling containers for paper, cans and bottles in all offices and meeting spaces in all municipal buildings. All other applicants are required to certify that they have active programs providing for office recycling of paper, cans and bottles.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Webinar: June 3, 2021, 10-11:30 am.

MassDEP invites municipal officials and regional groups to attend the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP)/Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) Municipal Grant webinar. This webinar will focus on RDP which provides funding for municipalities to invest in recycling and waste reduction programs and is based on waste reduction policies and programs in place. Small scale initiatives grants will be discussed as well.

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9154488048198961675

Pre-Application Information:

Application must be received by 11:59 pm on July 14, 2021.

Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Recycling and Solid Waste Surveys for calendar years 2019 and 2020 at Re-TRAC Connect™. Regional applicants must certify that each municipality to be served by the grant proposal has filed these documents.

Regional authorities that do not have an account must contact Cathy Doodnauth (contact information below) no later than two weeks prior to the grant deadline for guidance on establishing a Re-TRAC Connect™ account.

The agency spends several weeks reviewing and evaluating the applications it has received from cities, towns, and regional authorities. MassDEP announces its award decisions at the end of this process.

Grantees will procure all products and services and then request reimbursement from MassDEP.

Recycling Dividends Program Application Information:
https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-smrp-recycling-dividends-program-funds

Video Playback: 2021 SMRP & RDP Grants Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2323122249862758925

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://connect.re-trac.com/login

SMRP Grant Eligibility:
Janine Bishop
617-348-4004
janine.bishop@mass.gov

Recycling Dividends Program & Small-Scale Initiatives:
Will Mbah
617-556-1165
wilfred.mbah@mass.gov

Re-TRAC, Drop-Off Equipment & Recycling Carts:
Cathy Doodnauth
617-292-1011
cathy.doodnauth@mass.gov

Pay-As-You-Throw, Education & Enforcement Coordinators, Mattress Recycling:
Rachel Smith
617-292-5704
rachel.smith@mass.gov

Organics Carts, School Recycling:
Ann McGovern
617-292-5834
ann.mcgovern@mass.gov

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