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Special Litter Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies
for Local Litter Abatement Projects

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Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) - Environmental Division - Highway Beautification Office

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 4:30 PM CST Receipt


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Grants starting at $20,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, community organizations, and local governments for projects to reduce litter. Applicants must view a mandatory training webinar prior to applying. Funding will support community-based litter abatement, cleanup, and recycling activities.

Proposals may be submitted for, but are not limited to, the following programs and projects:
-Litter and tarp law enforcement activities
-Multi-jurisdictional partnerships
-Student litter education programs
-Waste tire collections
-Adopt-A-Street programs
-Illegal dumping or junk car cleanup projects
-Activities connecting litter prevention to local water quality
-Litter free or recycling public events
-Local efforts incorporating TDOT’s new litter prevention campaign, “Nobody Trashes Tennessee”

Additional application points will be awarded for projects that:
-Have a multi-jurisdictional partnership
-Connection between litter prevention and a local waterway or water quality
-Have a litter and tarp law enforcement component

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182661

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Each winning application may be awarded between $20,000 and $200,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

Applicants should be prepared to proceed with the project as soon as a fully executed grant is received.

The grant term begins Sunday, July 1, 2018 and ends Wednesday, July 1, 2020 (two years).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Department invites any local government, nonprofit or community organization to apply.

Regional, nonprofit and civic organizations, as well as county and municipal governments are encouraged to apply.

Landscaping, road-scaping or similar community beautification activities will not be funded.

Capital purchases may not be made with Special Litter Grant funding. However, the grant allows for up to $4,999.99 to be spent on trailers or other equipment directly related and used solely for litter prevention activities. 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 donated, or purchased locally outside of the grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Viewing a pre-award training webinar is required for a completed application. The webinar will be available through the Highway Beautification Office website by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

For more information please contact Michael McClanahan or Denise Baker.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Incomplete applications, or applications received after 4:30 PM CST on January 31, 2018 will be returned to the applicant without review.

This opportunity is for a reimbursement grant which requires quarterly invoicing and performance reporting.

Timeline of Funding:
-Grant opportunity announced: Monday, November 6, 2017
-Training webinar available online: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
-Applications are due to TDOT: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
-Grant awarded: Thursday, March 1, 2018
-Signed contract due to TDOT: Monday, April 16, 2018
-Training webinar: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
-Final executed contract back to grantee: Friday, June 15, 2018
-Grant term begins: Sunday, July 1, 2018
-First quarterly invoice and performance report due: Monday, October 1, 2018
-End of grant term: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Contact Information:

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

Michael McClanahan, Transportation Manager
(615) 741-0803

Denise Baker, Transportation Program Supervisor
(615) 741-7015

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Highway Beautification Office
James K. Polk Building, Suite 400
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

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USA: Tennessee