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Recycling Equipment Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies
to Purchase Equipment for Recycling Facilities

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

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations and local governments for the purchase of recycling equipment that will improve the capacity of recycling centers. Funding is intended to cover key equipment required for processing, operations, or collection, as well as to prepare recovered material for marketing and transport.

Key recycling equipment includes, but is not limited to recycling carts made with recycled content and embedded RFID tags, containers, compactors, balers, glass crushers, densifiers, and sorting systems, and fork lifts. Collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or higher will be considered.

Awards will be made based on the estimates included in the grant application and will not be increased. It is important that applicants research the equipment they are seeking to purchase and obtain accurate price information prior to submitting their application. Only equipment identified in the application will be funded so proper planning and research should be done by applicant before submitting an application.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174030

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Estimated Size of Grant:

No grant may exceed $50,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tennessee counties, cities, solid waste authorities and organizations which have been determined to be tax exempt nonprofit recycling organizations who are designated as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for grants under T.C.A. § 68-211-825.

There are three priorities for this grant:
-Applicants that received or were eligible to receive the Recycling Rebate between the Fiscal Years 2011 and 2015
-Applicants that develop public/private or public/public partnerships
-Applicants that employ developmentally disabled individuals, as defined in T.C.A. §33-1-101 (11)

Counties and the cities within those counties eligible to receive a recycling rebate, as directed by T.C.A. § 68-211-825(b), are not eligible to receive a recycling equipment grant. The rebate credits are in lieu of recycling equipment grants. The following Recycling Rebate counties and cities within those counties for FY 2017-2018 are not eligible for the recycling equipment grant: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Rutherford, and Shelby.

Applicants previously awarded a Recycling Equipment Grant 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 grant contracts are ineligible.

Equipment that causes the applicant to directly compete with existing private enterprises in the applicant’s geographical area (T.C.A. § 68-211-825(a)) is not eligible under this grant. Other ineligible requests include collection trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) less than 10,000 pounds, measurement equipment eligible in the FY2018 Measurement Grant, and any equipment that aides in increased disposal of materials in Class I disposal facilities.

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:

The Department has budgeted $500,000 total for Recycling Equipment Grants. Of that amount, the Department has allocated $200,000 for rural counties with populations less than or equal to 50,000 and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties. Additionally, $300,000 has been allocated for suburban and urban counties with populations of 50,001 or greater and the cities, solid waste authorities, or non-profit organizations within those counties.

A match of 10%-50% is required as indicated in Recycling Equipment Grant Match Requirement document found in the Budget and Attachments tab of the TDEC Online Grants System.

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

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

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Loretta Harrington
615-532-0086 /

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USA: Tennessee: Statewide, excluding Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Rutherford, and Shelby Counties