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Waste Reduction Grant Program

Grants to Cook County, Illinois Schools
for Recycling Programs and Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

Deadline Date:

10/25/19

Description:

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Grants ranging from $200 to $2,500 to Cook County, Illinois public and private schools in eligible towns for the implementation of initiatives that reduce, recycle, reuse, and compost waste. Funding is intended for activities that promote and teach about the benefits of waste-prevention measures. Grants may be used to start new programs or expand existing programs and projects.

To receive SWANCC Waste Grant funds, a school must be located in one of the following SWANCC-member towns, or the student/teacher population must be comprised of at least 50% from one or a combination of the following communities: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Glenview, Glencoe, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Skokie, South Barrington, Wheeling, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

Grant funds can be used to purchase, but are not limited to, reusable food trays, plates, cutlery or bulk condiment dispensers; reusable beverage cups, mugs, bottles or pitchers; waste-free lunch items such as reusable bags, napkins, food containers, etc.; indoor/outdoor recycling containers or composting bins; dry-erase boards, etc.

The grant coordinator will establish a “Green Team” consisting of, at minimum, a school administrator (principal or assistant principal) teacher, student, food service provider, and custodial personnel. The Green Team should meet in November to develop an Action Plan for implementing waste reduction measures and meeting grant deadlines.  The Green Team agrees to meet regularly during the school year to monitor and evaluate the progress of the waste reduction measures and activities outlined in the plan, tweaking where necessary.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162298

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant coordinators may request funding from $200 up to $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify to receive a SWANCC Waste Reduction Grant, the public or private school must be located in a SWANCC-member community; or 50% of the student population must live in one or a combination of one of the following SWANCC member communities:
Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Glenview, Glencoe, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Skokie, South Barrington, Wheeling, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

Grant funds cannot be used for maintenance or recycling/composting service fees; items that have on-going costs, such as office supplies, liner bags for recycling or composting containers, light bulbs, etc.; give-a-ways such as pencils, temporary tattoos and t-shirts; or fieldtrips.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Friday, October 25, 2019, and may be submitted online or mailed.

Requested funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Timeline:
- October 25: Waste Reduction Grant applications due to SWANCC
- November 15: SWANCC notifies recipients of grant award
- December: Green Team conducts first Waste Audit
- March 27: All receipts must be submitted to SWANCC for reimbursement along with proof of matching funds
- April: Green Team conducts second Waste Audit
- May 16: Grant Coordinator submits Report to SWANCC
- September: SWANCC conducts a follow-up visit with grant coordinator

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://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZohfT1HgIPIxG16XOxBM4VaeiGXb39yAywRSJ1KJWpc5zPw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Applications may also be mailed to:

Mary Allen
SWANCC
77 W Hintz Road, Suite 200
Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 724-9205, ext. 204
mary@swancc.org
info@swancc.org

Grant Coverage Areas:

Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Glenview, Glencoe, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Skokie, South Barrington, Wheeling, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

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