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Materials Management Grants Program - Project Grant

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

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

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10/04/19 11:59 PM PDT Receipt


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, government entities, tribal governments, public universities, colleges, and public schools to reduce the generation of solid waste. Funding is intended to support collaborative projects that promote the reuse and recovery of waste through recycling, composting, or anaerobic digestion.

The Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program funds projects that support Oregon’s 2050 Vision for sustainable materials management (see Supporting Documents below). 

DEQ supports projects such as those linked to changing processes or materials to prevent waste; creating reuse infrastructure; processing and other waste prevention, recycling, composting and waste recovery initiatives.

For project grants, the focus area for 2019 is Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). The  Program aims to foster new partnerships between CBOs and environmental organizations in Oregon. Focus points will be given to projects involving two or more organizations where materials management outcomes would assist a local community in Oregon. The implementation must also include extensive involvement from a CBO that is representative of or has successfully served the target community. Applicant must demonstrate that the project would foster or establish a new partnership with a CBO (e.g., a partnership formed January 1, 2016 or later). 

For project examples and eligible costs, see and

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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.

Estimated Total Program Funding: This year, DEQ expects to have approximately $600,000 available for materials management project and planning grants.

Term of Contract:

Note that it can take one to six months from the time a grant is awarded to the time a grant agreement is signed and funds are available; applicants should consider this timing when developing the project timeline and the project’s anticipated start date. Only expenses incurred after the grant agreement is signed and incurred during the term of the agreement are eligible for grant funds, unless expressly agreed on in the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Government entities in Oregon 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.

Project Grants: Projects that fall within the 2019 focus area of Partnerships involving Community-Based Organizations can earn additional focus points if the applicant or CBO has never received an award from the Materials Management Grant Program.

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 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 (i.e. staff time that is already a part of the current work)
- DEQ permit fees or costs incurred for solid waste facility closure

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to participate in the conference call DEQ is hosting to answer any questions about the application document or process.

- For the general public: Monday, Aug. 5 from 10-11 a.m.
- For Oregon Tribal Governments: Monday, Aug. 19 from 1-2 p.m.

To sign into the webinar, please use the following information:

- Webinar link:
- Call-in / Meeting number: 216-706-7005
- Access Code: 2295518

The first time you use the Web Meeting Service, you will need to download the client software at the web address above. This takes a few minutes, so please try to be set up before 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:

- Application materials available: Friday, July 19, 2019
- Completed applications due at DEQ offices: Email applications received by Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 (11:59 p.m. PDT)
- Grant awards announced (estimated): Friday, Dec.13, 2019
- Grant funds available: After grant agreement is signed by all parties (may be one-six months after grant is awarded)

If you are having problems submitting your application electronically, please contact Marie Diodati before 5 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2019 or earlier.

Instructions for obtaining a Dun & Bradstreet DUNS Number can be found at Please allow two days to obtain the number. If selected, your grantee status will only be confirmed if DEQ receives your SAM registration number. DEQ will require your SAM registration number only if you are selected for a grant. (See

Repeat applicant will have to state the stage of their previous grant projects. DEQ will consider the progress of the previous project during the evaluation of this new application project.

There are no limits on the number of proposals you may submit. For example, you might propose purchasing a baler to increase plastics recovery and an education/outreach program to increase quantity/quality of plastics recovered. Please file separate applications for different proposals.


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:

For more information, contact:

Marie Diodati

Department of Environmental Quality
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232-4100

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