The October 29th informational meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43229, Assembly Center (Building E).  There is no registration required; however, those attending are required to bring a photo Identification.   In addition, Ohio EPA will host a webinar about the grants on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Ohio EPA’s competitive grants provide opportunities for applicants to establish and implement programs related to source reduction, recycling, recycling market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling. Grant applications for all programs are due February 1, 2016.

The following programs are available:

Community Development Grants support Ohio community recycling and litter prevention efforts, including new infrastructure to collect and process materials such as construction and demolition debris, electronics (such as cell phones or computers), glass, paper-based materials, and plastics.

Litter Management Grants improve local environments through litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction. Ohio communities can receive funding for litter cleanup, litter prevention and awareness. Grant proposals must include litter cleanup on public land, roadsides or public waterways, and involve the use of volunteers.

Market Development Grants are offered to Ohio businesses and non-profits to create infrastructure that develops successful markets for recyclable materials and related products, using recyclables collected or processed in Ohio.

Scrap Tire Grants are available to Ohio business and local communities interested in either converting manufacturing operations to accept scrap tire material, expanding tire processing, developing a scrap tire reuse or installing civil engineering or construction projects that utilize scrap tires. Project materials must be collected or processed in Ohio.

Grant awards will be announced in April 2016, with funding available in July 2016.  Additional information can be found online or by contacting Chet Chaney, Environmental Supervisor, at (614) 728-0043, or Marie Barnett, Grants Administrator, at (614) 705-1019.

The grant programs are available to a variety of eligible applicants that include municipal corporations, counties, townships, villages, state colleges or universities, solid waste management districts or authorities, park districts, health districts, non-profit organizations, statewide recycling and litter prevention trade associations, “Keep Ohio Beautiful” affiliates, boards of education and businesses.