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Litter Grant Program

Grants to Tennessee Counties for Litter
Cleanup and Prevention Projects

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Grants to Tennessee county governments for activities to reduce litter. Funding is intended to support cleanup events, litter collection projects, prevention activities and education, equipment, and recycling education programs. The aim of the program is to maintain the natural beauty of the state and the safety of roadways through litter prevention and pickup efforts.

TDOT provides Litter Grant funds statewide to all 95 counties based on a formula of road miles and population. These funds may be used for:

  • Collection of litter and trash along county and state roads within the respective counties.
  • Fund expenses including but not limited to salaries, administration, and the purchase, maintenance, and operation of equipment.
  • Litter Prevention Education Outreach and Programming, Recycling Education and Outreach, and Community Cleanup events
  • Travel Requirements. Travel must be project related and all conference and/or out-of-state travel must be preapproved by the Grantor State Agency.
  • Promotional items purchased must have a connection to litter prevention programming.  (Applicants should  obtain approval before purchasing.)
  • The grant allows for up to $4,999.99 to be spent on trailers or other equipment directly related to litter prevention activities.

The Litter Grant Program requires that participating counties use a pre-established portion of funds for educational purposes.  Educational targets might include K-12 students, businesses, the general public, media campaigns, or government education efforts.

Grant recipients may request reimbursement for expenses related to litter pickup activities, prevention education, and recycle education. Areas of focus should include student, business, public, government, and media educational activities. For further details on reimbursable items and activities, see pp. 11-19 of the Grant Manual found in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 182661

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

County governments are eligible to receive state funds through this program. Litter Grants are available to all 95 counties.

No more than 10% of grant funds may be used for advertising or promoting a litter and trash collection program.

Some locations non approved for routine litter pick up (this list is not inclusive):
- Cemeteries
- Churches
- Private Property
- City Streets (the LGP contract does not include City Streets except for MetropolitanAreas)

Funds may not be used to purchase supplies, materials, or equipment displaying the name or likeness of any individual.

For a list of non-reimbursable educational items, see

Litter Grant does not track the depreciation of assets, nor does it pay for the purchase of vehicles which could be used for non-cleanup related activities. Vehicles must be purchased locally outside of the grant.

The grant will not fund clean-ups around a body of water as part of a county’s normal monthly pickup operation.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be submitted by April 30th, 2021.

TDOT will send you a copy of your contract after June 1.

Funding is allocated to each county by a formula based on population and road miles.

Litter Grant Annual Training Recording:

Contact Information:

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

Send completed applications to:
TDOT Highway Beautification Office
ATTN: Susan Stokes
James K. Polk Building, Suite 400
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37219

Mike McClanahan
Program Manager

Denise Baker
Program Supervisor

Brittany Morris
Education Coordinator

Susan Stokes
Financial Coordinator

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