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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Solid Waste Management Grant Program

Deadline: January 2, 2018

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) Grant Program assists communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. SWM grant funds work to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.

Grant funds must be used to capitalize a SWM program for the purpose of:

  • Evaluating current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources
  • Providing technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills
  • Providing technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream
  • Providing technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements
Amount: A total of $4,000,000 is available to award 33 grants that can range up to $1,000,000. Past awards indicate that grants average from $100,000-$200,000.

Eligibility: Private, nonprofit organizations; public bodies; federally acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups; and academic institutions that are legally established in a state within the U.S. the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory. Additionally, organizations must:

  • Have the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose
  • Have a proven record of successfully providing technical assistance and/or training to rural areas
  • Have appropriate capitalization and be composed of at least 51 percent of the outstanding interest or membership being citizens of the U.S. or individuals who reside in the U.S. after being legally admitted for permanent residence
  • Have no delinquent debt to the federal government or no outstanding judgments to repay a federal debt
  • Demonstrate that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with federal and state laws and requirements
  • Contract with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the grant to provide the proposed assistance

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297812

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