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Used Oil Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Local
Governments for Facilities to Collect and Reuse Oil

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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) - Division of Solid Waste Management

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Grants of up to $66,550 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and counties to establish, maintain, and upgrade equipment for the collection of used automotive fluid and oil. Funding may be used to upgrade or build collection centers. The following three priorities have been established for this offering:

-First priority - to establish new used oil collection infrastructure in an underserved location or new site.

-Second priority - to upgrade or replace existing equipment at collection centers not currently meeting the standards specified in the Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements.

-Third priority - to establish a DIY used oil collection at an existing recycling center, solid waste collection facility, or other publicly owned facility.

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

-Land, paving, fencing, collection tanks, electrical power, filter crushers, canopy structures, spill containment equipment, used oil transport trailers.

-Planning, developing, and printing of education and outreach materials such as signage, brochures, and social media applications.

As noted in the “Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements,” used oil collection centers approved for grant funding agree to exceed state regulatory standards for used oil collection facilities. Funding for requests for collection center upgrades, shall consider the existing equipment at a collection center and approval will be given for additional infrastructure and equipment needed to bring the center to the minimum requirement as outlined in the “Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements”. This review also applies to requests for establishment of new collection centers.

The Department’s intent with this grant offer is to promote environmentally preferable purchasing in support of the 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan Objective 3 by requiring equipment to be made with recycled content, when available.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174029

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be made based on a maximum funding per center not to exceed $66,550.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tennessee counties, municipalities, and organizations which have been determined to be tax exempt nonprofit recycling organizations or who are designated as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service may apply.

Awardees shall also demonstrate minimum operating standards as specified in the “Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements.” Eligibility for future dedicated Used Oil Grant funding will be contingent upon achieving and maintaining the established standards.

Applicants previously awarded a grant of this type from the Solid Waste Management Fund in the last two years that are currently under contract with open balances or who have failed to meet the obligations of additional Division of Solid Waste Management grant contracts in the last two years are ineligible.

Funds may not be used for regular operation expenses of a recurring nature.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Columbia Environmental Field Office
1421 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Jackson Environmental Field Office
1625 Hollywood Drive
Jackson, TN 38305

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Black Bear Inn & Suites
1100 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are being solicited between July 5 and October 2, 2017.

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Loretta Harrington
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USA: Tennessee