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Education and Outreach Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, Municipalities, Schools,
and IHEs for Recycling Outreach and Education

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

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10/01/18 4:30 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Tennessee organizations, cities, counties, solid waste authorities, schools, and universities to promote waste diversion and recycling through outreach and education programming. The primary intention of this program is to educate state residents about what, where, and when they can recycle.

There are three priorities for this grant:
- Applicants that develop public/private or public/public partnerships
- Applicants that target an adult audience
- Applicants that use the suggested Recycling Partnership templates (found in the Narrative Questions tab in the TDEC Online Grants System) to aid in the implementation of a Statewide Recycling Brand Campaign

Only after the applicant has met the requirement of educating state residents, should the applicant request funding for other purposes. The Recycling Education and Outreach Grant takes this into consideration by providing a tiered project recommendation system (below). If the applicant operates a county convenience center or drop-off site, ensure that elements 1-4 have been achieved before focusing on other education and outreach program expansions. For curbside programs, the Department recommends ensuring achievement of element 5 before considering other program expansions. Where applicable, the Department recommends applying for projects along the following continuum to ensure that programs have at least the most critical outreach elements. The grant priority is to bring all programs up to at least the levels described in elements 1-5 before funding other projects outlined in elements 6-9. See Narrative Questions tab found in the TDEC Online Grants System for examples and templates of such projects.

Applicable to Convenience Center/Drop-Off Priorities:
1. Clear and effective safety signage for both residents and employees at each convenience center or drop-off site.
2. Clearly labeled collection containers for materials.
3. Clear, professional, and easily identifiable facility entrance signs at each convenience center or drop-off site, displaying each location’s hours of operation.
4. A-Frame signage at each site (recommend at least 2-4 per site) displaying a targeted message to residents and providing physical barriers to aid in traffic flow.

Applicable to Curbside Recycling Programs:
5. Mailers, oops tags, scheduling magnets, informational stickers, and praise tags delivered on at least an annual basis intended to inform residents of desired changes or reinforce proper recycling behavior.

Potential Next Steps:
7. Additional advertising to create a community culture of waste reduction and recycling (social media, truck signs, signs at stores and community buildings, utility bill stuffers, local newspaper advertisements, or other items that directly inform your residents).
8. An organized, well-advertised, and easily navigable website detailing recycling program policies and materials that are and are not accepted.
9. Community workshops, employee workshops, and local events to promote the recycling program.
10. Other education program expansions and partnerships with schools, nonprofits, private entities, etc.

Promotional giveaways will only be funded if they are a part of a cohesive public education program and the local government already has each of the minimum suggested materials and measures in place. Other items will only be considered if they are part of a specific program and their use is justified in the Education and Outreach Technical Narrative Response section found in the Narrative Questions tab of the TDEC Online Grants System. The Department is especially interested in avoiding giveaway items that quickly increase the flow of solid waste.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182236

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $50,000 for a proposed project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tennessee counties, cities, solid waste authorities, school districts, universities, and organizations which have been determined to be tax exempt nonprofit organizations by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for grants under T.C.A. § 68-211-825.

All educational/promotional materials must be pre-approved by the Department before being ordered, printed, and published, etc. Items that will not be funded include but are not limited to:
- Yo-yos
- Frisbees
- Litterbags
- Book Covers
- Toys
- Kitchen Utensils
- Slinky's (TM)
- Key Chains
- Zipper Pulls
- Stickers
- Temporary Tattoos
- Hand Fans
- Pencils/pens
- Crayons
- Tote Bags
- Letter Openers

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 are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are being solicited between July 2nd and October 1st, 2018.

Submit the Application Online Before the Deadline Monday, October 1, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. CDT.

See Supporting Documents below for a summary of the grant workshop that took place in July.

A match of 10-50% is required as indicated in Education and Outreach Grant Match Requirement document found in the Budget and Attachments tab of the TDEC Online Grants System. In-kind contributions will not be considered.

Grant 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 strategies and materials in which they plan to invest to obtain accurate price information prior to submitting their application. Only materials identified in the application will be funded.

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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
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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee