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Grants to Ohio Agencies in Eligible Regions for Projects
to Implement Environmentally Sustainable Practices

Community Recycling Awareness Grant

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Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

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02/01/22 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Ohio local government agencies in eligible regions for projects to implement environmentally sustainable practices. Funding is intended for events and materials that raise awareness of the importance of proper waste disposal. Proposed projects must benefit the communities of Cuyahoga County.

This grant helps communities educate residents about recycling, typically through printed materials such as brochures, refrigerator magnets, newsletters and fliers or calendars. To make it easy to produce these materials and to keep recycling messages consistent across the county, the District has created customizable templates and design tools for communities to use.

Funding is also offered to help communities conduct shredding events and to purchase public space recycling containers. 

The types of eligible projects are listed below.

  1. Recycling Awareness and Education Materials: Allowable costs include design, printing, production and mailing for banners, brochures, calendars, cart tags, fliers, info cards, mailers, newsletters, postcards, recycling signs and refrigerator magnets. Communities must use either the customizable templates or the design tools provided in the ToolKit to produce any grant funded items. The ToolKit has templates for refrigerator magnets, banners, info cards, cart tags and signs. It also has graphics and text that can be incorporated into other items like calendars and brochures. Additionally, Cuyahoga Recycles will work with any community to create a custom piece.
  2. Recycling or Composting Containers: Allowable costs include purchase of public space recycling, composting containers and event recycling containers, liners, and signs to be placed with the containers to indicate what should be recycled.
  3. Paper Shredding Events and Special Waste Collections (i.e. E-waste and HHW events): Allowable costs include hiring a paper shredding company, signage, and event promotions such as print ads. Communities should include two quotes for paper shredding services in their application. No more than two shredding events per applicant will be funded. 
  4. CRAG Special Project:  If your community would like to propose another type of project that is in keeping with the goals of this grant program, please contact the District to discuss before applying. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167321

Estimated Size of Grant:

Any community (city, village, or township) located in Cuyahoga County may apply for a grant up to $6,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, villages and townships in Cuyahoga County may apply.

Unallowable Costs:
- Promotional giveaways like mugs, pens, pencils, bags, etc.
- General city calendars, newsletters etc. that are not exclusively devoted to recycling and waste reduction.
- Labor and auxiliary police for recycling events.
- Trash containers. Note, if you purchase a “recycling station” that includes side by side trash and recycle
containers, only half the cost will be covered.
- Shipping and handling costs.

For paper shredding events:
No more than two shredding events per applicant will be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- February 1, 2022: Application deadline. Application must be received at the Solid Waste District (4:00 PM).
- March 1, 2022: Announcement of CRAG awards and forms will be e-mailed to the grant contact and mayor.
- Mid-late March: Signed acceptance/CRAG award acknowledgement form due to District.
- August 31, 2022: Final date to submit draft education pieces for approval.
- November 1, 2022: Deadline to submit hard copy of Grant Summary and Reimbursement Report (4:00 PM)

This is a reimbursement grant. Grantees must keep records of all grant expenses including purchase orders, invoices, and receipts to account for the use of all grant funds. Grants will be disbursed following the submittal of expense documentation and the Grant Summary and Reimbursement Report.

Contact Information:

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

Mail or deliver one copy of your application to:
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
4750 East 131 Street
Garfield Heights, OH 44105

Grant contact:
Cristie Snyder, Communications Specialist
(216) 443-3707

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Cuyahoga County

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