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Waste Reduction Grant

Grants to Cook County, Illinois Schools for Waste
Reduction and Education Programs

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Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

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Matching grants ranging from $200 to $2,500 to Northern Cook County, Illinois schools to establish reduce, reuse, and recycling programs and composting directives. Funding is intended for environmental education programs for teachers, staff, and students.

Eligible Expenditures for Waste Reduction Grant Funds:
SWANCC’s Grant funds are to be used to start or expand programs and projects focused on minimizing waste – reusing items and recycling/composting materials. Grant funds can be used for, but are not limited to, reusable food trays, cutlery, bulk condiment dispensers; reusable beverage cups, mugs or bottles; waste-free lunch items such as reusable bags, napkins, food containers, etc.; indoor/outdoor recycling or composting bins; dry-erase boards, etc.

1. The school, parent-teacher organization or other groups must match SWANCC’s funding dollar-for-dollar, for approved/qualifying items and submit receipts for verification.
2. The grant coordinator will establish a “Green Team” consisting of, at a minimum, a school administrator (principal or assistant principal) teacher, student, food service provider, and custodial personnel. The Green Team should meet in early November to develop an action plan for implementing waste reduction measures and meeting grant criteria 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.
3. The Grant Coordinator agrees to conduct or coordinate two waste audits in the lunchroom (office, faculty lounge and classrooms optional) to determine what materials can be reduced, reused, or recycled. The first audit is to be conducted prior to the school’s December Holiday break. This way, there will be data to compare and contrast the waste diverted after implementing the waste reduction plan by the grant report deadline. If available, SWANCC staff is willing to provide assistance with the first waste audit.
4. The Grant Coordinator agrees to submit a report to SWANCC in May that summarizes the accomplishments achieved during the grant cycle to include: wastes that were minimized; resources that were recovered through reuse and recycling efforts; creative extension projects; and if there were any direct cost-savings as a result of the Waste Reduction Plan initiatives. SWANCC will provide a form for the report. Photos need to accompany the report.
5. Agree for SWANCC staff to visit the school the next school year to follow up on the status and long-term viability of the school’s previous year’s grant program challenges and successes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162299

Number of Grants:

The number of grants awarded is dependent upon the total number of applications received and their projected costs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests can be for $200 up to $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify to receive a SWANCC Waste Reduction Grant, a K-12 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.

Non-Eligible Expenditures
Grant funds cannot be used for maintenance or recycling service fees, for items that have ongoing costs, such as office supplies, liner bags for recycling or composting containers, CFL light bulbs, etc., or for give-a-ways such as pencils, temporary tattoos and t-shirts, or field trips/performances.

Pre-Application Information:

The school, parent-teacher organization or other groups must match SWANCC’s funding dollar-for-dollar, for approved/qualifying items and submit receipts for verification.

- October 26: Waste Reduction Grant applications due to SWANCC
- November 9: SWANCC notifies recipients of grant award
- December 14: Green Team conducts first Waste Audit
- March 30: All receipts must be submitted to SWANCC for reimbursement along with proof of matching funds receipts
- April 26: Green Team conducts second Waste Audit
- May 24: Grant Coordinator submits Report to SWANCC
- June 7: School will receive a Certificate from SWANCC

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Email application to:
Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director
(847) 724-9205, ext. 204

Or mail to:
SWANCC; Attn: Mary Allen
77 W. Hintz Road, Suite 200
Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone: 847-724-9205

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USA: Illinois: Cook County