Grants

Residential Recycling Incentive (RRI)

Local governments in Hamilton County fill out an annual application to report tons recycled, composted, and landfilled to the previous year. Communities receive funds to spend on waste reduction related projects based on their diversion rate and the tons recycled. For more information email Michelle Balz.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Waste Reduction Innovation Grant

This continuous grant program helps communities, schools, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses implement waste reduction, reuse, food rescue, composting, and recycling programs that significantly reduce waste in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Proposals will be considered for funding as they are received. Approved proposals will be funded on a first come, first served basis. If funding runs out, applicants will be given the option to have their proposals considered the following year if funding is available. Applicants are required to provide minimum 25% matching funds and may request a maximum of $10,000 in grant funds. 

How to apply:

Follow the directions in the Waste Reduction Innovation Grant packet.

For more information:

Contact Cher Mohring at 513-946-7737.

Greater Cincinnati Smart Kitchen Initiative

The initiative offers assistance to reduce pre-consumer food waste and/or prepared foods from mid- to high-volume food service operators in Hamilton County. See details here.

Ohio EPA Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Opportunities:

Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention program supports communities, businesses and academic institutions that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices, stimulate economic growth and support litter prevention efforts through four different grants.

Community and Litter Grant

Local governments and nonprofits can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables and construction and demolition debris. These organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events, outreach and education. Tire amnesty programs, with a minimum $0.50/tire collection fee, are an eligible activity for local governments. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project. Applications have a deadline of February 5 , 2021, at 3:00 pm (EST). For assistance or guidance on the community and litter grant application please contact Cher Mohring.

Scrap Tire Grant

This grant program offers businesses (e.g. manufacturers, scrap tire recovery facilities, material processors) funding to create or expand scrap tire processing capacity and product manufacturing. Funds are also available for local governments and nonprofits to complete beneficial use projects that incorporate the use of ground tire rubber. Because this grant requires the business applicant to have a government sponsor, you must notify Jenny Lohmann at the District by November 24, 2020, via email if you are interested in applying. The deadlines for this grant differ than those stated by the Ohio EPA. Grant funds for business applicants are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project.

Market Development Grant

This grant provides businesses (e.g. manufacturers, recyclers, material processors, etc.) opportunities to create or expand recycling processing capacity and recycled material production. This includes funding for equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into bulk raw material or finished product. Because this grant requires the business to have a government sponsor, you must notify Jenny Lohmann at the District by November 24, 2020, via email if you are interested in applying. The deadlines for this grant differ than those stated by the Ohio EPA. Grant funds are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project.

Academic Institution Grant

Public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities may receive funding for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment and conference sponsorships. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project. Applications have a deadline of February 5 , 2021, at 3:00 pm (EST).  

Visit the Recycle Ohio Grant page to view the applications. To view the informational webinar recorded on November 5, 2020, click this link.