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Materials Management Grants Program

Grants to Oregon Local and Tribal Agencies, Nonprofits,
IHEs, and Schools to Reuse and Reduce Solid Wastes

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

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09/28/18 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to Oregon local and tribal governments, nonprofits, IHEs, and schools for projects that focus on preventing, recovering, and reusing solid wastes. Planning grants are also available to local governmental and tribal agencies. Priority is given to applications that serve economically distressed or otherwise distressed communities.

Project Grants

Project Grants are for any project that prevents, reuses, or recovers solid waste through recycling, composting, or anaerobic digestion. For example, changing processes or materials to prevent waste; creating reuse infrastructure; processing and other waste prevention, recycling, composting and waste recovery initiatives.

DEQ is encouraging grant proposals that further the current priorities for implementing Oregon’s 2050 Vision for materials management. Additional points may be added to a proposal’s score if the project will serve economically distressed or otherwise distressed communities, and/or if the project is in one of four focus areas:

- Prevents the wasting of food
- Reduces solid waste generation
- Establishes, restores, or enhances recycling infrastructure or composting infrastructure (facilities, equipment) in rural communities
- Helps a local government exceed requirements of the Opportunity to Recycle Act.

Project Grant eligible costs:

- Administrative costs, such as travel, office expenses, and overhead
- Salaries and benefits for project personnel and payments to consultants or contractors
- Publications and other printed materials
- Machinery, vehicles, equipment, signs, containers and project-related supplies

Planning Grants

Planning grants are for local Solid Waste Management Plans and Materials Management Plans. Local governments may receive grant funds to develop their own plan or may contract with private individuals, consulting firms, non-profit organizations or others.

A Solid Waste Management Plan is a local guide to managing the recovery and disposal of solid waste. These planning efforts help ensure safe management of waste and provide a path toward achieving wasteshed and statewide recovery goals and an opportunity for community engagement in helping to reduce solid waste. This type of plan is required if a local jurisdiction intends to build a new solid waste facility.

A Materials Management Plan may incorporate the Solid Waste Management Plan but more holistically addresses impacts of materials across their full lifecycle, including design, production and use in addition to recovery and disposal of discards. For example, a Materials Management Plan might include strategies to reduce generation of waste or use of toxics, reuse of products or purchase of more durable products.

Planning Grant ​Project costs that DEQ funds may be used for (but are not limited to):

- Administrative costs, such as travel, office expenses, and overhead
- Salaries and benefits for project personnel and payments to consultants or contractors personal services costs for consultants or contractors
- Publications and other printed materials

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184131

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. Historically, the average award amongst all grant categories offered in this program has been approximately $25,000, ranging from $1,500 to $148,550.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligiblity for Project Grants:

- ​Oregon local governments responsible for materials management. This includes but is not limited to: cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, regional parks districts, sanitary districts and county service districts.
- 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) nonprofit organizations registered in Oregon.
- Federally-recognized Tribal governments located in Oregon.
- Organizations created through intergovernmental agreements as allowed by ORS 190.010.
- Public universities, colleges, community colleges and public schools, but only for projects that prevent the wasting of food.

Eligible applicants may partner with other public or private entities or individuals.

Eligibility for Planning Grants:

​Governments responsible for materials management are eligible to apply. This includes Federally-recognized tribal governments located in Oregon, counties, cities, metropolitan service districts, regional parks districts, sanitary districts, county service districts, and regional air quality control authorities.

Costs not covered:

- Costs incurred for activities outside the scope of the grant agreement; however, DEQ reserves the right to reassign unused funds, due to finishing tasks under budget, to new/other tasks that fulfill or advance the mission of the Materials Management Program.
- Costs for which payment has been or will be received under another financial assistance program. (This includes funding that another organization is passing through to you the Grantee.)
- Costs incurred before issuance of, or after the completion date of a signed grant agreement with DEQ, unless expressly authorized by DEQ in the grant agreement
- Ordinary operating expenses of local government
- DEQ permit fees or costs incurred for solid waste facility closure

In addition, for Planning grants, Capital costs (Machinery, vehicles, equipment, signs, containers and project-related supplies) are not covered.

Pre-Application Information:

The Project and Planning Grant application period will close on Sept. 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

If you are having problems submitting your application electronically, please contact Marie Diodati before 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2018 or earlier.

Instructions for obtaining a Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number can be found on the government Dun & Bradstreet web page online: Please allow two days to obtain the number. There is no cost.

Matching funds are available cash given or committed by or to the applicant prior to submittal of its application, from local governments, partners or other sources. This includes funds specifically set aside for the proposed project. Acceptable matches are additional resources, not just an allocation of the grant recipient’s existing resources. Matching funds are not required.

DEQ will reimburse the grant recipient upon receiving an invoice prepared as required in the grant agreement with all required backup documentation. The grant recipient must be prepared to spend its own funds before requesting reimbursement from DEQ.

The recording of the conference call from Monday, July 30 is now available. During this call, potential applicants asked questions about the application forms and process.

Contact Information:

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

Attach the completed Application form and all required documents to an email, and send to:

Marie Diodati

DEQ Headquarters,
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite #600 |
Portland, OR 97232

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USA: Oregon