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Materials Management Reuse and Repair Workforce Development Grants

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Businesses for Workforce
Development Initiatives and Employee Retention During COVID-19

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Conf. Date:

04/21/20

Deadline Date:

06/05/20 11:59 PM PDT Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and small businesses for workforce development initiatives. Funding is intended to support reuse and repair businesses and to help local businesses address challenges related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The purpose of the reuse and repair workforce development grants is to keep products in service longer, reducing environmental impacts of upstream production as well as reducing wastes, while also creating new jobs in the State.

Repair and reuse industries contribute significantly to employment and economic prosperity in Oregon and help to rebuild the skills and practices needed to be more resourceful. Many everyday products can have a longer useful life with proper maintenance and repair. Capturing this value through expanded opportunities for repair, refurbishment, resale and reuse reduces a broad variety of environmental impacts. This also offers greater access and affordability to many who can benefit from low-cost alternatives. 

Please note that the eligible costs covered through this grant program have been broadened to address the challenges small businesses face with employee retention during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping the reuse and repair sectors economically viable is a  priority, and DEQ wants to use this grant to help keep reuse and repair businesses operating through the disruptions caused by the current health crisis. Please consider applying for funding to support your current staff and ongoing operations. 

  • DEQ is seeking proposals for projects that will extend the lifespan of products and materials already in circulation through reuse, repair, refurbishment or remanufacturing (together referred to as “reuse and repair”). Since not all materials have the same environmental impacts, the potential benefits of reuse or repair may vary across materials. Some of the products with the most significant environmental impacts include textiles, building materials, appliances, furniture, consumer electronics, and machinery.
  • DEQ is seeking to support businesses and nonprofits involved in the reuse and repair industries that are facing significant disruption and loss of business during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

For eligible uses of funds, see https://www.oregon.gov/deq/mm/Documents/WFDgrantinst2020.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188904

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$120,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both for-profit small businesses (50 or fewer employees) and nonprofit 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations may apply for these grants. Organizations must be located and registered in Oregon.

For ineligible uses of funds, see https://www.oregon.gov/deq/mm/Documents/WFDgrantinst2020.pdf#page=5.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars:
- Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Application FAQ webinar, general public
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Application FAQ webinar, Oregon Tribes

To sign into the webinar, please use the following information:
Join online: https://www.webmeeting.att.com
Meeting number: 2167067005
Participant Code: 2295518

You will also need to call into the teleconference line (the same number as above):
Phone number: 216-706-7005
Participant code: 2295518

Note: 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 10 minutes before the start of the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for Reuse/Repair Workforce Development Grants must be received by 11:59 p.m. PDT, June 5, 2020

- Monday, March 30, 2020: Application and instructions posted online
- Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Application FAQ webinar, general public
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Application FAQ webinar, Oregon Tribes
- Friday, June 5, 2020: Application deadline

Instructions for obtaining a Dun & Bradstreet number can be found at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/index.jsp. Please allow two days to obtain the number. There is no cost. If selected as a grantee, DEQ will require you to register with SAM and your grantee status will only be confirmed if DEQ receives your SAM registration number (see https://www.sam.gov/SAM/). You will be able to work with DEQ staff to make sure you can properly register.

Applicants are encouraged to work with DEQ staff as early as possible (well before the June 5, 2020 deadline) as they develop your grant application. They can answer questions about the application form throughout the application period or discuss their proposed project.

New Release: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=36385

Webinar Recording: https://ordeq.adobeconnect.com/psd9tzvz23bo/

Contact Information:

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

Marie Diodati
Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
700 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232
503-229-5446
Diodati.Marie-Helene@deq.state.or.us

Send applications to workforcegrants2020@deq.state.or.us.

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