Recycling Initiative Competitive Funding Project Grants

Our Recycling Initiatives Competitive Funding (RICF) Project provides assistance to local townships; villages; cities; schools and non-profit agencies through Grants. Applicants cannot possess a liquor license and must demonstrate a benefit to the citizens of Belmont and Jefferson counties.

Two types of grants, the Community Award and the Comprehensive Grant are available. The Community Award requires no match.  The maximum that can be applied for under the Community Award is $1,000. Projects must contain a recycling component or theme.  Schools, government offices and non-profits may seek funds to:  implement recycling at sporting events;  purchase recycling bins and create awareness posters;  begin a re-use store or program so that unwanted items are not discarded; or buy supplies to perform community litter clean-ups and recycling activities.

The Comprehensive Grant projects must include a recycling or reuse initiative.  Eligible applicants may apply for funding between $1,001.00 and $5,000.00 and must supply a 20% match, which may include in-kind services such as: labor, donated equipment, materials, and activities directly related to the project.  Applicants must do a thorough justification of requested funding and relate the project directly to recycling.  Procurement and application of recycled content items must have a significant recycling component as part of the project in order to qualify for funding.  Applicants must commit to completing the final report and supplying recycling and or reuse data.

Eligible applicants may seek Comprehensive RICF funds for: community clean-up projects that include a recycling component; implement or expand recycling programs; implement or expand reuse initiatives; implement or expand composting initiatives; implement a recycling and waste reduction awareness campaign or purchase items made from recycled material.

Just for examples ~~~~~ Example Grant 1 Community Awards     ~~~~~~~~~~~                 Example Grant 2 Community Awards  ~~~~~~~~Example Grant 3 Comprehensive

Helpful Grant App Ideas –> Brochure     (Best printed on legal size, flip on short end)

To apply for one of our grants:

Applications must be completed and submitted between February 15 to the March 30, 2018 deadline.  Please see Application Packet for more details.  The JB Green Team Grants Committee will review applications and make formal award recommendations to the Board of Trustees by the  April 9, 2018 Board meeting. Notification of awards and passage by the Board of Trustees should occur by April 10, 2018 by email (please provide).  Thus when drafting an application, applicants should consider beginning their projects no sooner than April 10, 2018.

You can download the 2018 Grant Project Completion Form here to be completed and mailed to our office by February 1, 2019  Be sure to attach a copy of all receipts and photos.  Any organization/entity not completing this required form may be required to return all awarded grant funds and forfeits their right to apply the following grant awarding year.

For assistance or more information you may contact us.


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