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Solid Waste Green Schools Grant

Grants to Kansas K-12 Schools to Promote
Recycling and Environmental Stewardship

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Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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Grants of up to $4,500 to Kansas K-12 schools for projects to engage students in recycling and waste reduction projects. Eligible projects include field trips to recycling centers, landfills, and composing facilities, purchase of recycling containers, composting and vermiculture equipment, environmental stewardship projects, and other activities that reduce waste.

Pre-Approved Projects:

1) Field trips to recycling centers/landfills/composting facilities - This category includes fees to pay for transportation, entrance fees, etc.

2) Recycling containers - This category includes the purchase of various recycling containers. Recycling containers could be purchased for use in special venues such as sporting events, assemblies or graduation ceremonies. Everyday uses of recycling containers could include the lunch room or paper receptacles in the classrooms. Other costs that could be considered in this category might include fees associated for a recycling service to pick up items.

3) Purchasing Audit - This would involve the review of purchasing procedures resulting in recommendations, if needed, for revisions.

4) Composting and vermicomposting equipment - Composting could include cafeteria waste and landscaping debris. For technical support in composting issues, please call the Bureau of Waste Management at 785-296-1600.

5) Environmental Stewardship Education Programs - This category could include such items as speaking fees for guest presenters, composting training, recycling and waste reduction awareness training, and vermiculture education. Other examples from this category could include such items as the purchase of start up materials for an environmental club or materials to conduct a waste reduction/recycling kick off event at the school. Please keep in mind that food is not an eligible expense.

6) Waste Reduction Disposables to Durable Projects - An example of a project in this category could be an education program at school to reduce the usage of plastic bags. The school could purchase a number of re-usable grocery bags to give students to take home. The students could be required to record how many plastic bags were used by their family on average weekly before using the re-usable bags. Extrapolations on how many plastic bags avoided the solid waste stream would be presented as part of the final report due to KDHE.

7) Production costs for Bring It Up - Eligible costs for this free one act play include up to $250 for an in-school assembly and up to $1,500 for a full production. The production costs could be applied to sets, props and costumes specific to the Bring It Up play. If you would like additional information specific to the Bring It Up play, please visit

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168146

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Regular Project: Up to $4,500.
-Bring it Up (School Assembly): Up to $250.
-Bring it Up (Full Production): Up to $1,500.

Term of Contract:

The grant duration is July 1– April 30.

Field trips scheduled after April 25, 2016 will not be eligible.

Green School grant awards will be limited to projects that can reasonably be completed within one school term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private K-12 school in Kansas may apply for a Green School grant.

Pursuant to KSA 65-3415 (b), a current Solid Waste Management Plan for the county in which the school is located must be on file. KDHE staff can inform you if the county in which your school is located has a current Solid Waste Management Plan.

Pre-Application Information:

A 25% match is required for Solid Waste Management Grants. This match may be accomplished by either cash or in-kind contributions, which must be listed as part of your project budget.

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Contact Information:

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

Karen Lollman, Program Manager
785-291-3510 / 800-282-9790

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 320
Topeka, KS 66612

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USA: Kansas