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 & Composting equipment 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 $5,000 in grant funds. Questions about the grant program? Contact Doreen Schreiber.

The 2020 grants have been awarded. The application for the 2021 
Recycling & Composting Equipment Grant will be available in December.

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 or find labels and signage options?  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 $6,000 in funding.

The 2020 grants have been awarded. The application for the 2021 Community Recycling Awareness Grant will be available in December.

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

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

Purpose of the Community Recycling Awareness Grant

This grant is meant 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. 

The purpose of this grant is recycling education and awareness. Every grant application must include an educational component using the templates or design elements contained in the Cuyahoga Recycles Toolkit, which can be accessed from the District’s website.

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