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2021 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and
Schools in Eligible Locations for Recycling Efforts

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Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD)

Deadline Date:

09/01/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, government agencies, libraries, schools, and school districts in eligible locations for recycling and waste reduction initiatives. Funding may be used for source reduction activities, purchasing collection containers and recycling equipment, or promoting waste reduction education. Eligible applicants will be located in Ogle County.

Eligible Expenditures:

  • Grant funds may be used to purchase project-related capital expenditures (e.g. equipment such as recycling collection containers, carts, processing equipment, balers, etc.), educational materials, reusable items that replace disposable ones (e.g. Ceramic plates instead of Styrofoam, etc.), and other equipment used for waste reduction or recycling. Projects related to the issues of food waste, composting, business and multi-family recycling are encouraged. 

Recycled Content Requirement: 

  • Purchasing products that contain recycled materials helps to continue the recycling cycle by stimulating and creating stable recycling markets. Products purchased with grant funds must contain recycled content whenever possible. The use of recycled products should be addressed in the application and is one of the criteria used to evaluate grant applications. Efforts to reduce shipping costs and to keep business local are encouraged.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155247

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award for any single proposed project is $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Ogle County municipal government, institution, organization or business, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, is eligible to apply for funding.

Grant funds cannot be used for ongoing expenses such as staffing, collection, supplies, and hauling costs. Project expenses incurred by the grantee prior to grant approval will not be reimbursed.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Annual Grant Schedule
Three grant rounds will be held in 2021, while funds are available. Applications will be due by 4:00 p.m. on:
- March 3rd
- June 2nd
- September 1st

Please contact OCSWMD to determine if grant funds are still available. Applicants are encouraged to contact OCSWMD staff before submitting an application to discuss concerns or questions.

All applications received on time will be reviewed and scored by OCSWMD staff. Recommendations for approval or denial of applications, based on scores and competitive ranking, will be made by staff to the Ogle County Board HEW/Solid Waste Committee at a monthly meeting. The Committee will approve or deny the application and you will be notified that month.

Approved grants (90%) will be awarded in the month following review.

Grant monies may cover up to 80% of approved project costs, with the grant recipient providing the matching 20%. Since total grant funds available for this fiscal year (beginning on December 1, 2020) are limited to $6,000, grants will be awarded in rounds on a competitive basis, until funds are depleted. Applicants must supply at least 20% of the total final project cost. Example: Total project cost: $2,500; grant amount (80%): $2,000; matching amount (20%): $500.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be mailed or emailed to:

Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department
909 Pines Road
Oregon, IL 61061

Stephen J. Rypkema, Director
P: (815) 732-4020
F: (815) 732-3709

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