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Competitive Funding Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to
Promote Recycling and the Use of Recycled Materials

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Foundation / Corporation

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Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca (OSS) Solid Waste Management District

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Deadline Date:

01/31/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for projects that promote recycling in Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca Counties. Applicants are required to attend a meeting on January 4, 2018. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, recycling education, purchasing recycled equipment, and composting projects.

Types of Projects:

-Education Programs - Funding is available for programs that increase participation in recycling programs by District residents. This includes education programs in schools and educational information targeted to the general public.

-Composting - Yard Waste Management - The District will consider funding that encourages back yard composting or the proper management of different types of yard waste. If the organization is applying for funds to improve, expand or set up yard waste services, the applicant should make every attempt to purchase products made from recycled content, but this is not a requirement.

-Recycling - Waste Reduction - Funding is available for the establishment or expansion of waste reduction or recycling programs. This could include the establishment of office paper programs and business or government recycling programs.

-Buy Recycled - Funding is available for the purchase of products made from recycled content. This could include recycled plastic furniture for parks, playground equipment, and playground surface made from tires or any other products made with recycled content.

-Other Projects - The District realizes there are other projects that may not fall under the categories listed above. If there is a project you feel would result in a significant waste reduction or utilize hard to recycle materials please submit it under the “Other Projects” category.

All products must contain a minimum of 25% recycled content.

Allowable Expenditures:

-Labor - This line item is not allowable under District funding, however match funds can be used in this line item. This could include employee hours used for site preparation or assembly of recycled products. Labor cannot be time spent administering the grant activities. The District will only allow salary contributions up to a maximum of $10.00 per hour.

-Brochures / Flyers - The cost of producing a brochure or flyer to publicize and educate residents about a recycling program.

-Recycled signs, benches, picnic tables, playground equipment, cribbing, trash containers, playground surfacing and recycled lumber - The cost of the purchase of any of the above materials for your group or organization. Materials must be at least 25 percent recycled content.

-Recycling Containers - The purchase of recycling containers to implement or expand a recycling program in your organization. This could include desk side containers, collection containers, etc.

-Transportation / Shipping - Limited to costs associated with transportation and shipping recycling materials to your organization. Please make sure that this is included in your quote from the manufacturer.

-Other Equipment - Includes any other materials that may be needed for the completion of your project or program.

The applications are judged by a Financial Review Committee who reviews the applications and makes a recommendation to the District’s Board of Directors. The following are some but not all of the criteria the committee uses to judge the applications:

-The project fits into the District goals as outlined in the solid waste management plan.

-The product contains a minimum 25% recycled content and is documented on the price quote.

-The application is typewritten, clear, concise and well written. Free of spelling or math errors.

-Accuracy and presentation of your application are considered in the review process.

-Working relationship and professional courtesy with District staff is taken into consideration.

-The application describes how the project will be publicized and if applicable will educate students and the general public about their efforts.

-Preference is given to applicants using local vendors – either in District, or in the State of Ohio.

-The project will be self-sufficient after the initial funding request.

-Organizations that have already received money or have an alternate funding source may take a lower priority.

-The project would be a viable demonstration project so information could be shared with other communities in the District.

-Equipment purchases of any kind are given very low priority, especially when services can be contracted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179467

Estimated Size of Grant:

All projects are limited to a $10,000 grant.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within 18 months of receiving the award letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Competitive Funding Program was created to provide funding to local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations for solid waste programs.

The District cannot, by law, fund any privately owned business.

Applicants must certify that all grant funds awarded will be expended only for programs, products, or projects having a non-sectarian purpose.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All potential grant applicants must attend scheduled meeting at the District office before submitting grant application. Applicants must attend the meeting prior to the funding round in which you intend to apply. The person attending the meeting must be the person responsible for actually writing the grant application.

-If you are applying in January, you must attend the January meeting.
-If you are applying in June, you must attend the May meeting.

The meeting date for the January 2018 cycle is Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m..

The purpose of the meetings are to explain what information is needed to properly fill out the grant application form, understanding eligibility, and proper documentation for the application and final report forms. District staff will be available for questions. Meetings will last approximately 1 hour depending on questions.

All applicants must contact Assistant Director, Amy Drummer to confirm which meeting you will attend. Applicants may register for the meeting by phone or email.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Deadlines:
-January 31
-June 30

The next application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Each applicant must submit the original application to the District office by 4:30 PM on the deadline. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Applicants are required to include a minimum of 20 percent match. This means that 20 percent of the total cost for the project will be provided by the entity applying for the grant. For example, if the total cost for the project or activity is $10,000 you would be required to provide $2,000 in match monies and the District’s grant portion would be $8,000. The match can be financial or in the form of in-kind services. Examples of in-kind services include labor, donated materials or services. The labor can be matched up to $10 per hour.

There are two billing options for grant awards: (1) Your organization pays everything for your project, and when it is complete you will submit a letter requesting reimbursement. Copies of all invoices, receipts, and proof of payment is required. (2) You may have your vendor invoice the District directly, up to the amount of your grant award.

Contact Information:

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

Amy Drummer, Assistant Director
Phone: 419-334-7222
Toll-free: 1-888-850-7224

OSS Joint Solid Waste District
1875 East State Street
Fremont, OH 43420

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca Counties