Community organizations and schools interested in waste reduction and recycling are encouraged to apply for the Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) grants.
We are looking for applicants to propose new and innovative ways to educate and actively engage residents in the Twin Cities and businesses in Ramsey County to change their behaviors to reduce waste.
Three types of grants available in 2014:
Mini Grant Program
Mini-Grants of up to $5,000 are available for education and train-the-trainer projects using the Community Education Toolkit or other existing Rethink Recycling or county materials. These grants are open to environmental organizations as long as the primary mission or goal is NOT waste reduction. Grantees are required to attend the orientation meeting and to submit a final report when project is complete.
Traditional Grant Program
Traditional Grants of up to $12,000 are available for comprehensive projects involving development of curriculum or materials, adapting existing toolkit and/or county materials for new audiences, and a broad outreach or program development and/or train-the-trainer. These grants are NOT open to environmental organizations.
Grantees are required to attend one orientation and one training meeting and to submit a progress report and a final report at the end of the grant period.
Ramsey County Business Education Grant Application
Ramsey County Business Education Grants of up to $12,000 are available to educate businesses or private schools that are not currently involved in waste reduction and recycling practices in the workplace. These grants are NOT open to environmental organizations, unless that organization is partnering with a non-environmental organization to reach a new audience. Grantees are required to attend the orientation and training meetings and submit a progress report and final report.
The Community POWER Grant Program funds waste reduction projects for community groups such as neighborhood organizations, schools, churches, senior citizen groups, youth organizations, and civic groups to reach individuals who are not currently aware of waste reduction practices. Grantee staff and volunteers receive training on waste issues, free written materials, and money to complete a project that they design.
Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply.
Deadline to apply: March 24, 2014.
Apply online at http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/grants.
Contact Kira Berglund, Community Power Grant Program Manager, at CommunityPOWER@RethinkRecycling.com or call (651) 222-7227.
About the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB)
The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) launched its first education outreach campaign in 2003 to help citizens living in the six-county Twin Cities metro area (the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington) understand the urgent need to make environmentally responsible purchasing and disposal decisions in their daily lives. By giving citizens the information needed to make these decisions, we can reverse the ever-growing waste stream and protect the environmental health of the six-county Twin Cities metro area. The SWMCB was formed in 1990 to increase the efficiency and environmental effectiveness of the region's solid waste management system.