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District Priority Grant

The purpose of the District Priority Grant is to assist communities, schools, and non-profit organizations in implementing innovative waste reduction and recycling programs. The District intends the District Priority Grant to unify waste reduction and recycling efforts across Hamilton County by addressing three key solid waste issues. Priorities for the 2017 grant cycle are as follows:

  • Food Rescue/Donation (Examples include rescuing excess catered, “ugly,” damaged, or pre-packaged food that would otherwise end up in a landfill, or creating a donation distribution and/or transportation network to facilitate food donations.)

  • Public Recycling  (Examples include placing recycling receptacles at athletic fields or arenas, event venues, entertainment districts, parks, or like areas.)

  • Waste Reduction and Reuse (Possible projects include replacing disposables with reusable tableware, purchasing a dishwasher, or reusing items that would otherwise end up in a landfill.)


Grant Writing Assistance Available

The District will provide several types of assistance to potential applicants. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of these offerings.

  1. An informational meeting will be held on July 13, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 250 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219, in Conference Room A.

    Important information about the grant program and evaluation criteria will be presented. There will be an opportunity to talk to District staff about potential projects and to ask other questions. If you plan to attend, please email Cher Mohring ( or call 513-946-7737 to reserve your spot.

  2. The District will review and offer feedback on draft applications until August 15, 2016. Email them to

  1. Feel free to contact Cher Mohring at or call 513-946-7737 for advice, questions, or assistance.


The deadline for the 2017 District Priority Grant Application is September 30, 2016. 
(Late applications will  not be accepted)

Click here for a sample of what a District Priority Grant contract could look like if awarded.

Residential Recycling Incentive (RRI)

The District divides $1,050,000 annually in RRI funds among Hamilton County communities as an incentive to increase recycling. As a community increases their recycling rate and tons of materials collected the community receives more RRI funds.

To learn more about the Residential Recycling Incentive program, click here and/or contact Michelle Balz at 513-946-7789.


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