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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and For-Profits for Recycling
Infrastructure Improvements in the Greater Portland Area

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09/27/19 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses for recycling infrastructure improvements in the Greater Portland area. Funding is intended for investments in equipment, buildings, machinery, materials, and supplies, permit and licensing fees, professional services, and construction costs.

The main goal of the program is to strengthen local efforts to reduce waste, make better use of the waste that is produced, and help foster economic opportunities for people who have historically been left out of the garbage and recycling system, particularly communities of color.

2019 Priority focus areas: Recycling infrastructure improvements and projects to address commercial sector food waste. Proposals for projects that qualify for these priority focus areas are automatically awarded additional scoring points.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186214

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 - $750,000

Term of Contract:

The initial duration of the Investment and Innovation Grant program will be three fiscal years, beginning on July 1, 2018, and ending on June 30, 2021. In the third year, staff will evaluate the program and make a recommendation to the Metro Council on whether it should continue to fund the program. The grant recipient must complete the Metro-funded project within 18 months of the date the grant contract is signed unless otherwise agreed to by Metro. The grant recipient may request that Metro allow an extension of the timeframe for extenuating circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Private for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations with federal 501(c) tax designation may apply. Unincorporated organizations need a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) nonprofit with a federal tax ID number and capacity to contract with Metro). Metro encourages proposals that include partnerships that strengthen the project’s likelihood of success, particularly for equity outcomes.

General eligibility requirements:
- An applicant must be in compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.
- An applicant must have secured all relevant permitting licensing, approvals, waivers and other authorizations applicable to the grant-funded project (or have these processes substantially completed with a plan for completion) at the time of application for the grant.
- An applicant must demonstrate that it has matching funds or other contributions to share in the cost of the project.
- An applicant’s proposed project must be located within the Metro jurisdictional boundary or significantly advance Investment and Innovation program objectives for the Metro region.

Investment and Innovation grant funds may not be used for:
- Costs not directly tied to the proposed project
- Labor or personnel (employee salaries) and related costs
- Costs incurred outside of the scope or timeframe (grant period) of the funding agreement
- Costs related to transactions with a company that is affiliated or related to the Investment and Innovation grant recipient
- Costs associated with preparing a grant proposal, proposal, stock or debt offering, the formation of partnerships, incorporations, fundraising, or other forms of such business costs
- Costs for which payment has been or will be received under another financial assistance program
- The purchase of land
- Payment of fines, penalties, arrears, judgments, or other such obligations
- Activities that may degrade the quality of air, water, and land resources
- Costs for which the applicant cannot produce legible proof of payment documentation
- Costs related to financial assurances requirements set forth in the grant agreement to provide assurance of compliance with the grant terms

Pre-Application Information:

The proposal process is approximately six months and occurs in two stages: a pre-proposal phase and a full proposal phase.

- June 3, 2019: Application available in ZoomGrants
- June 10, 2019: Pre-proposal informational workshops (optional)
- July 12, 2019, 4:00 PM: Pre-proposals due
- August 2019: Successful pre-proposals invited to submit full proposals
- August 2019: Full proposal workshop (optional)
- September 27, 2019, 4:00: Full proposals due (by invitation only)
- November 2019: Grant awards announced
- December 2019: Contracting basics meeting for grantees (required)
- January 2020: Grant funds available

Grant awards must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions from the recipient. An applicant must fully match the amount of the Metro grant award. For example, a $100,000 grant would require the applicant to provide at least $100,000 in match.

An applicant may apply for funding for one or more projects within a grant cycle but must submit a separate proposal for each individual project. Metro will award grants from the current year’s funding cycle and will not commit a future grant cycle’s monies.

Grant proposals for this category will be solicited once per fiscal year.

An applicant may apply for both a capital grant and a program grant for the same project through separate applications and according to the respective application processes.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Metro staff to discuss the proposed project, grant criteria, and application process. Staff is available to help you make your proposal as strong as possible.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply at:

Suzanne Piluso, Investment and Innovation program manager

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Investment and Innovation grant-funded projects must take place within Metro’s jurisdictional boundary ( or significantly advance Investment and Innovation program objectives for the Metro region.

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USA: Oregon: Greater Portland Area

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