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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and For-Profits for
Waste Reduction Projects in the Greater Portland Area

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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses for waste reduction projects and programs in the Greater Portland area. The purpose of funding is to support efforts in waste prevention, composting, reuse, recycling, and energy recovery. Funding may be used for a project or a new program or expansion of an existing program.

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.

  • Projects funded by these grants are intended to:
  • Reduce environmental impacts throughout the product life cycle
  • Strengthen the region’s system for processing and recovering recyclable materials, with an emphasis on those materials for which there is the greatest environmental benefit from recycling or energy recovery
  • Strengthen the region’s efforts to reduce the amount and toxicity of waste
  • Strengthen the region’s reuse services and infrastructure
  • Strengthen the region’s composting infrastructure
  • Strengthen the region’s energy recovery infrastructure for materials that cannot be recycled
  • Encourage innovation and advance new technology in waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting, and energy recovery
  • Encourage new participants in the region’s waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and energy recovery system who are from communities of color or other historically underrepresented groups

Investment and Innovation grant funds may be used for the following costs that are directly tied to the project described:

  • Personnel: Organization’s or business’s staff salary costs directly attributable to designing, implementing and/or evaluating the project. These costs may include fringe benefits such as health insurance, retirement funds, FICA, etc.
  • Professional (consultant) services: Services hired for the purpose of the project
  • Equipment
  • Materials and supplies
  • Indirect or overhead: These costs are reimbursable up to 10 percent of the total grant award

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186218

Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 - $75,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12 months from the date the grant agreement is fully signed, or, if a need is sufficiently demonstrated and Metro approves a longer grant term, up to 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum requirements for applicants and projects:
- Applicants must be a private for-profit company or a not-for-profit organization with a 501(c) tax status. Unincorporated organizations need a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) nonprofit with a federal tax ID number).
- All projects must show demonstrable, quantifiable outcomes tied to the Investment and Innovation grant program purpose and objectives.

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.

Ineligible costs:
- Costs not directly tied to the proposed project
- Costs incurred outside 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
- Indirect or overhead costs above 10 percent of the grant award
- Costs related to hard infrastructure at a facility or large equipment; apply for a capital grant for these types of costs

For projects not eligible for funding during this grant cycle, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

As part of the 2019 application cycle for Metro’s Investment and Innovation program grants, Metro is hosting two information sessions to share information about these grants and their requirements and to offer guidance on completing a proposal.

Attendance at an information session is not required to be considered for funding but may be helpful in preparing a proposal.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Optional information sessions:

Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.:

Friday, Sept. 13 at 8:30 a.m.:

Metro Regional Center, room 370A and 370B

Webinar Recording:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for program grants will be received and evaluated on a rolling basis starting in July. Proposals considered in the order they are received. Award decisions will be made approximately every 3 months.

- June 3, 2019: Application available in ZoomGrants
- June 13, 2019: Informational workshops (optional)
- June 30, 2019: Metro will begin reviewing the first batch of complete proposals, with award decisions anticipated in August 2019
- September 11, 2019 5:30pm, Informational workshop for Program Grants (optional)
- September 13, 2019 8:30am, Informational workshop for Program Grants (optional)
- October 11, 2019 Metro will review the second batch of complete proposals, with award decisions anticipated in January 2020
- December 2019 If funds available: Metro will determine if there will be a third batch of program grants solicited

Grant awards must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions from the recipient. An applicant must match the Metro grant award with cash or in-kind contributions in an amount equal to at least 20 percent of the Metro award. For example, a $10,000 grant would require the applicant to provide at least $2,000 in cash, in-kind contributions, or a mix of the two.

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.

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.

Investment and Innovation Program Grants Info Session Recording:

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Suzanne Piluso, Investment and Innovation program manager

For ZoomGrants help, contact the Help Desk:

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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