The Solid Waste District offers two competitive grant programs to assist communities, schools, and nonprofits with developing and promoting recycling programs.

[for nonprofits and schools] Recycling Container Grant

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District offers grants to help nonprofit organizations and schools in Cuyahoga County start, expand and improve recycling and composting programs by assisting with the purchase of recycling and composting containers. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $3,000 in grant funds. Questions about the grant program? Contact Doreen Schreiber.

Applications for the
Recycling Container Grant are due in February. View the 2019 application.

For organizational recycling information and tips on how to implement grants, see Recycling at School and How to Start a Business Recycling Program.

Need to purchase recycling containers?  See our list of
Resources for Recycling Containers.

[for municipalities, villages and townships] Community Recycling Awareness Grant

The Community Recycling Awareness Grant was created by the Solid Waste District to help local governments educate residents about recycling. Cities, villages and townships in Cuyahoga County may apply for up to $5,000 in funding.

Applications for the 
Community Recycling Awareness Grant are due in February. View the 2019 application.

Forms to request reimbursement are included with the award letter sent to communities in March.

For more information about this grant program, send an email.

The purpose of this grant is to help communities educate residents about recycling, typically through the use of printed materials such as brochures, refrigerator magnets, newsletters and fliers or calendars. To make it easy to produce these materials and to keep recycling messages consistent across the County, the District has created customizable templates and design tools for communities to use. Funding is also offered to help communities conduct shredding events and to purchase public space recycling containers. 
Since the main purpose of this grant is recycling education and awareness, grants will no longer be awarded for shred days and containers only. Every grant application must include an educational component using the templates or design elements contained in the Cuyahoga Recycles Toolkit. The tool kit can be accessed from the District’s website.

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