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Large Waste Grant

Grants to Cook County, Illinois Schools to Start or Expand
Recycling and Waste Reduction Education Programs

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Funding Source:

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Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

Deadline Date:

10/13/17

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Northern Cook County, Illinois schools to implement measures to reduce, reuse, and recycle more waste, and for environmental education programs for teachers, staff, and students. Awards are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Goals of Large Grant: To provide funding and guidance to assist schools with understanding
their waste streams to reduce landfill; implement reduce, reuse and recycling measures; and educate teachers, staff and students about being better stewards of our environment.

SWANCC's Grant funds are to be used to start or expand programs and activities focused on reducing waste by reusing items and recycling materials. Examples of eligible items include: reusable food trays or containers; reusable beverage cups, mugs or bottles; SWANCC-approved books and media; indoor/outdoor recycling or composting bins; dry-erase boards, etc.

The Large Scope Grant Program has terms and conditions that a school administrator/principal must agree to prior to submitting an application that include:

- Establish a Green Team
- Conduct two waste audits
- Establish school-wide reduce and reuse activities
- Institute a comprehensive recycling program
- Submit a report to SWANCC

As part of the “Waste Reduction Plan”, the Green Team is encouraged to:
- Establish a school-wide REDUCE policy, such as a two-sided copying policy/electronic
newsletter or one newsletter per school family/waste-free lunches, etc.;
- Establish school-wide REUSE activities, such as a book, costume or formal wear
exchange/collection of items to donate to an organization/ “be nice use it twice box”, etc.;
- Establish a comprehensive RECYCLING program that includes, at minimum, office paper,
aluminum cans, milk/juice cartons and plastic bottles - and institute a small-scale composting bin, either indoors (vermi-composting) or outdoors.

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.

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:

SWANCC will provide 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:

Timeline
- October 13, 2017: Large Waste Reduction Grant applications due to SWANCC
- Week of October 30, 2017: SWANCC notifies recipients of grant award
- By November 17, 2017: Green Team to meet with Mary Allen, SWANCC’s Educator
- By December 15, 2017: Green Team conducts first Waste Audit
- By March 30, 2018: All receipts must be submitted to SWANCC for reimbursement
- By April 27, 2018: Green Team conducts second Waste Audit
- By May 18, 2018: Grant Coordinator submits Report to SWANCC
- June 2017: 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.

Email or mail application to:

Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director
(847) 724-9205, ext. 204
mary@swancc.org

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Cook County

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