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Ohio EPA Accepting Applications for 2014 Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants
Ohio EPA is accepting applications for various recycling and litter prevention grants and will host an informational meeting on the 2014 grant application process on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.
The informational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Transportation, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, in the auditorium. Those attending should bring a photo I.D.
The following competitive grants provide opportunities for communities, local governments and businesses to establish and implement recycling, recycling market development and litter prevention programs.
- Community Grant: This funding allows Ohio communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts. Grants provide new infrastructure for collection and materials processing, involving materials such as construction and demolition debris, electronics, glass, paper-based materials and plastics. Those eligible to apply include municipal corporations, counties, townships, villages, state colleges or universities, solid waste management districts and authorities, park districts, health districts and state-wide recycling and litter prevention trade associations. The grants require 50 percent matching funds to be available to spend on costs approved for the project.
- Litter Cleanup and Tire Amnesty Grant: This program accepts grant applications from Ohio communities and nonprofit organizations to support litter cleanup and tire amnesty collection projects. Grant proposals must include a litter cleanup activity to take place on public land, roadsides or public waterways and involve the use of volunteers. In addition to eligible entities listed above, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates, boards of education and nonprofit organizations may be eligible. Grants also can be used for contractual expenses to have a registered transporter collect and remove tires and a licensed facility to process scrap tires. In both options, 10 percent of the grant must be provided in matching funds.
- Market Development Grant: Grant funds are offered to Ohio businesses that propose to create infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. The program seeks proposals involving materials collected or processed in Ohio. Businesses or nonprofit applicants must seek an eligible governmental agency who will serve as the grant applicant and a pass-through agency for documenting and receiving funds. This grant typically focuses on equipment purchase. The cooperating enterprise must commit to matching grant funds by 100 percent, with a maximum grant period of 24 months.
- Scrap Tire Grant: This program provides financial assistance to Ohio’s local entities to convert manufacturing operations to accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing operations and utilize scrap tire material in civil engineering projects or for reuse in manufactured products. The applicant must be a municipality, township, county, solid waste management district or authority, board of education or joint vocational school, state college or university or park district. Businesses or non-profit organizations seeking scrap tire market development funding must secure a sponsor to serve as the grant applicant. This grant typically focuses on the purchase of equipment. The cooperating enterprise must commit to 100 percent matching funds and the grant implementation period may not exceed 24 months.
Grant applications should indicate the parameters of the project, budget details, sustainability of the service or project and how the applicant will comply with matching fund and other requirements found in the grant application handbook. Grant applications for all programs are due February 3, 2014. Grant awards will be announced in May 2014, with funding available in July 2014. For more information, potential applicants can email or call Chet Chaney, (614) 728-0043.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.