Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Organics Diversion Grant

What is the Organics Diversion Grant?
This grant helps fund innovative organics waste reduction and recycling programs that significantly reduce waste in Hamilton County, Ohio with a focus on wasted food and yard trimmings.

Who can apply?
Communities, schools, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses.

What types of projects are eligible?

  • Yard trimmings landfill diversion (e.g., equipment to implement or expand community yard trimmings/leaf collection and composting programs)
  • Wasted food reduction (e.g., technology and/or equipment to reduce wasted food)
  • Food rescue/recovery (e.g., cold storage to accommodate rescued food, technology to facilitate donation of surplus food)
  • Composting (e.g., equipment to implement or expand small-scale composting infrastructure to increase organics diversion)
  • Anaerobic digestion (e.g., equipment to implement or expand operation to increase organics diversion)

How to apply?
Applications for the 2019 Organics Diversion Grant are closed. To receive notifications of future grant opportunities, email Cher Mohring.

Ohio EPA Market Development Grant

What is the Market Development Grant?
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) awards grants to develop Ohio markets for recyclables and scrap tires. Grants are awarded to establish or expand the use of recycled-content materials by private manufacturers and to foster market development.

Who can apply?
Private sector businesses and non-profit organizations located and registered to conduct business in Ohio.

What types of projects are eligible?
The Market Development Grant provides financial assistance to recycled material processors and product manufacturers operating in Ohio. Funding is available to purchase equipment that will strengthen markets for recyclable materials. Eligible projects include proposals focusing on the following material markets:

  • Construction and Demolition Debris (C&DD)
  • Glass
  • Manufacturing and Processing
  • Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
  • Organics
  • Scrap Tires
How to apply:
The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is an approved sponsoring agency for this program. For more information on how to apply for the grant, contact the District at 513-946-7736, email Jenny Lohmann or visit Ohio EPA’s Market Development Grant website.

Smart Kitchen Initiative

The initiative offers assistance to reduce pre-consumer food waste at mid- to high-volume food service operators in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Franklin counties in Indiana. See details here.