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2022 Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program

Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention grant program supports communities, businesses and academic institutions that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices, stimulate economic growth, and support litter prevention efforts through four different grants.

Community and Litter Grant
Local governments and nonprofits can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables and construction and demolition debris. These organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events, outreach, and education. Tire amnesty programs, with a required minimum $0.50/tire collection fee, are an eligible activity. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project.

Academic Institution Grant
Public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities may receive funding for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment, and conference sponsorships. Funds are also available to complete beneficial use projects that incorporate the use of ground tire rubber. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project.

Market Development Grant
This grant provides Ohio businesses (for example, manufacturers, recyclers, material processors, etc.) opportunities to create or expand recycling processing capacity and recycled material production. This includes funding for equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into bulk raw material or finished product. This grant requires the business to have a government sponsor. Grant funds are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project.

Scrap Tire Grant
This grant program offers Ohio businesses (for example, manufacturers, scrap tire recovery facilities, material processors) funding to create or expand scrap tire processing capacity and product manufacturing. Funds are also available for local governments and nonprofits to complete beneficial use projects that incorporate the use of ground tire rubber. Business applicants must have a government sponsor. Grant funds for business applicants are reimbursed only after project completion through the government sponsor. Grantees have 24 months to complete the project.

When are applications accepted?
Ohio EPA will accept applications Nov. 1, 2021 through Feb. 4, 2022.
Grants are awarded on an annual basis and will be awarded on July 1, 2022.

Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrates & Recognizes Statewide Environmental Champions at their Annual Meeting & Awards Program
The Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting and Awards Program was held on Wednesday, November 3, at the Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Perrysville. 
The annual meeting included our awards program during which KOB affiliates, partner organizations, individuals and others were honored for their environmental efforts in different categories. The awards were based on environmental projects completed between June 1, 2019 and August 1, 2021.


2022 Keep America Beautiful Unify & Beautify Community Grant Application
Application Deadline:  January 22, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

The Keep America Beautiful Unify & Beautify Community Grant is an annual comprehensive grant application designed to support the KAB Affiliate network, other nonprofit organizations, and community groups to implement programs or projects designed to build clean, green, and beautiful places for all to thrive and enjoy.

KAB is committed to fostering community diversity, unity, and environmental sustainability.  The Community Grant offering provides project funding either independently or collectively to: promote public space recycling (with special projects in and around major sports arenas/stadiums, build strong neighborhoods within and along Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, public space beautification, or greenspace development through tree planting, and litter prevention by collecting litter from the nation’s waterways or developing a program to address cigarette litter.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to develop a comprehensive PROGRAM approach, rather than project-specific activities by leveraging the funding available through the various grant applications contained within the comprehensive grant. After completing basic information, common to all the applications, applicants will be given the option to apply for one or several of the community improvement projects.

Join us to learn more about the grants available, including available public space and water litter collection devices, and get tips on how to plan your program activities as you prepare your grant application.  A brief presentation will be given of the two pilot grant projects: collecting litter in and along waterways and major sports arena/stadium recycling followed by an opportunity to ask questions prior to submitting an application.


Please enjoy our 2020 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report.  Click Here