Kentucky Opens Applications for 2017 Recycling Grants
Recycling benefits both the people and the planet, but sometimes realities like a lack of funds for the equipment needed to process waste on a municipal scale keeps governments from enacting more recycling projects. Kentucky's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has several grant programs that are intended to help start those programs, and the Household Hazardous Waste Grant is one of its largest with more than $3 million in grants awarded in 2016. Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 grant, presenting an opportunity to cities throughout the state.
Terms of the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Grant
The funds must be used for recycling equipment that will develop into a long-term project. For example, the grant could be used to start a collection and sorting program at a local community center that is staffed by volunteers. Out in the country, a grant for composting equipment could help clean up the area and support local farmers by funding a composting program for the local high school's 4-H club.
The grant application process is restricted to government bodies like counties, cities and school districts, but any citizen concerned for the well-being of their community can talk to their representatives and push them towards applying for a grant with a plan already in hand. 25% of the grant's funds must be matched by the asking body, meaning the city has to agree to pay $5,000 if they apply for a $20,000 grant. Grantees must submit an application and will be required to file quarterly reports if selected. The selection process is competitive, so it is vital that every detail requested in the packet is filled out to prevent losing the opportunity on a technicality.
How to Apply for the Grant
In order to ensure the grant funds go to those who will use it wisely, applicants must submit a thorough packet that goes over the full details of the intended use of the grant. The last day to submit an application for the grant is April 10 before 4 p.m. at the DEP office or a postmark date of April 7 if mailed. You can find more information on the grant, recycling equipment and more on the DEP website.
Make a Positive Change for Your Community
There's still enough time to create a plan that shows the board how you will use the grant funds to kick-start a successful program. If you are in a position to lead your city or county on the path towards a more sustainable relationship with the environment and just need a bit of help getting your plan together, Central Kentucky Fiber Resources is a local face that knows recycling and recycling equipment so well that we make our living off of it. Stop by our office in Lexington, give us a call or send an e-mail, and we can get started on helping your community!