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Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program

Grants to Nebraska Public and Private Agencies
for Programs to Promote Clean Public Spaces

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Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)

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09/10/20 4:00 PM CST


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Grants to Nebraska public and private agencies for programs to protect the environment. Funding is intended for proposals to promote environmental awareness through educational programs and activities, for activities to clean up public spaces and roadways, and for equipment and operating expenses. All activities should help reduce litter and advance recycling.

The Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program has been in existence since 1979. Its purpose is to provide funds to support programs to reduce litter, provide education, and promote recycling in Nebraska. 

  • Public Education – Funding to promote recycling and litter reduction awareness through educational activities and programs
  • Cleanup – Funding for cleanup activities on public spaces and roadways
  • Recycling – Funding for equipment and operating expenses
Requirements of a Cleanup Grant:
  • Litter Reduction and Recycling cleanup grants will reimburse supplies necessary to perform the cleanup work (gloves, bags, grabbers, high-visibility vests, signs, etc.) along with a maximum reimbursement for miles ($50/mile) and acres ($10/acre) cleaned. Personnel and operating expenses will not be reimbursed.
  • Miles selected for cleanup must be different from those miles designated for cleanup through the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
  • If the Department reimburses the cleanup of miles or acres, the hours spent by volunteers providing the cleanup work cannot serve as match to other Department grants.
  • Miles and acres selected for cleanup must be on public roads or public areas.

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GrantWatch ID#: 159035

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Grants may be awarded to both public and private entities that have the authority to transact business in the State of Nebraska.

Grant funds requested for personnel, supplies, operating expenses, travel, and contractual services cannot be used to offset costs when preparing a bid for goods or services for any person or organization that is applying for grants from NDEQ.

Pre-Application Information:

For 2021 grants, the following grant applications will be available beginning August 13, 2020 with a deadline of September 10, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CST

Grant funds are distributed through reimbursement of actual expenses.

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Department of Environmental Quality
(402) 471-4242

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