Materials Management

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program offers grants that promote the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid wastes. The 2017 Materials Management Grants application period closed on September 15.  Applications are now under review. The Reuse/Repair Workforce Development Micro-Grant application period is now closed.
DEQ will award $600,000 for materials management project and planning grants (no limit per applicant). This includes $100,000 in funds provided by Metro for the sole purpose of funding edible food rescue projects in the Metro area. DEQ is administering Metro grant funds through this solicitation.
DEQ will also award $50,000 (up to $10,000 per applicant) to private businesses and non-profit organizations registered in Oregon designed to reduce environmental impacts by addressing workforce challenges in reuse and repair industries

Project Grants are for any project that prevents, reuses, or recovers solid waste through recycling, composting, or anaerobic digestion. For example changing processes or materials to prevent waste; creating reuse infrastructure; processing and other waste prevention, recycling, composting and waste recovery initiatives.

Examples of recently-funded projects are in the “How do I Learn More and Apply?” section below.

  • Oregon local governments responsible for materials management. This includes but is not limited to: cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, regional parks districts, sanitary districts and county service districts.
  • 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) nonprofit organizations registered in Oregon (please see additional application requirements).
  • Federally-recognized Tribal governments located in Oregon.
  • Organizations created through intergovernmental agreements as allowed by ORS 190.010.
In addition, this year DEQ will accept applications from public universities, colleges, community colleges and public schools, but only for projects that prevent the wasting of food. For a definition of “preventing the wasting of food,” please see the “Focus Area” section below.
Eligible applicants may partner with other public or private entities or individuals.
Please review the Materials Management grant agreement when considering whether to apply for a grant.  The grant agreement is found above with the grant instructions and applications. After grant awards are announced, the grantee(s) and DEQ will need to sign a grant agreement before funds become available.
DEQ is encouraging grant proposals that further the current priorities for implementing Oregon’s 2050 Vision for materials management.  Additional points may be added to a proposal’s score if the project helps a local government exceed requirements of the Opportunity to Recycle Act, or if the project is in one of three focus areas:  Preventing the wasting of food, otherwise reduces solid waste generation, or will establish, restore, or enhance recycling infrastructure or composting infrastructure (facilities, equipment) in rural communities.
Projects that will substantially increase the rescue of edible food generated in the Portland Metropolitan region to feed people are eligible for up to $100,000 in funding provided by Metro. Use the project grant application if your project qualifies for this funding. Grant projects supported with Metro funds must benefit and be carried out in the urbanized areas of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. For more information, see Metro’s Urban Growth Boundary map.
  • Administrative costs, such as travel, office expenses, and overhead
  • Salaries and benefits for project personnel and payments to consultants or contractors
  • Publications and other printed materials
  • Machinery, vehicles, equipment, signs, containers and project-related supplies
Planning grants are for local Solid Waste Management Plans and Materials Management Plans. Local governments may receive grant funds to develop their own plan or may contract with private individuals, consulting firms, non-profit organizations or others. Please contact the DEQ Regional Office staff for assistance in choosing and developing the appropriate plan to meet your goals.
A Solid Waste Management Plan is a local guide to managing the recovery and disposal of solid waste. These planning efforts help ensure safe management of waste and provide a path toward achieving wasteshed and statewide recovery goals and an opportunity for community engagement in helping to reduce solid waste. This type of plan is required if a local jurisdiction intends to build a new solid waste facility.
A Materials Management Plan may incorporate the Solid Waste Management Plan but more holistically addresses impacts of materials across their full lifecycle, including design, production and use in addition to recovery and disposal of discards. For example, a Materials Management Plan might include strategies to reduce generation of waste or use of toxics, reuse of products or purchase of more durable products.
Examples of recently-funded projects are in the “How do I Learn More and Apply?” section below.
Project costs that DEQ funds may be used for (but are not limited to):
  • Administrative costs, such as travel, office expenses, and overhead
  • Salaries and benefits for project personnel and payments to consultants or contractors personal services costs for consultants or contractors
  • Publications and other printed materials
The purpose of the workforce development grants is twofold:
  1. To keep products in service longer, therefore reducing environmental impacts of upstream production as well as reducing waste
  2. To create new paid jobs to increase/grow the reuse and repair industries
The intention is that this funding will be used to offset some of the one-time costs of training and hiring new employees, resulting in creation of long-term or permanent jobs in the reuse and repair industries. These grants support Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action through making reuse and repair options accessible, as well as (re-)normalizing the concept of repairing goods, as opposed to disposing of them despite the possibility for further use.
This will be the first time DEQ has offered grants to small businesses, providing them with critical resources for capacity-building, and helping with market-based solutions to increasing reuse and repair.
Both for-profit small businesses (50 or fewer employees) and nonprofit 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations may apply for these grants. Organizations must be located and registered in Oregon.
Organizations must be either:
  • An organization that has reuse and/or repair of materials as a core component of its activities, or
  • An organization that has (or is looking to introduce) an ongoing reuse/repair program or position.
In this grant round, DEQ will not consider applications for projects involving motor vehicle (including engine) reuse/repair, or the repair or "reuse" of whole buildings or portions thereof (e.g. building maintenance). Organizations involved in the reuse of building materials do qualify.
To be eligible for funding, the applicant must demonstrate (to the best of their ability) that:
  • The funding will result in an increase in reuse and/or repair of products or materials, thus extending the life of products or materials already in circulation, and
  • The funding will result in new work for at least one person, and that work will be self-sustaining beyond the time period directly funded by the grant funds.
Examples of acceptable uses of these grant funds:
  • Partial covering of wages and benefits for a new hire (limited to a maximum of 50% of the hourly wage + benefit cost)
  • Provision of training for new employees (e.g. specific skills training, pre-apprenticeship courses)
  • Internal training - covering costs of staff time and training materials when existing staff dedicate time to training a new employee
  • Capital equipment essential to the new position created – e.g. new repair machinery (a maximum of 50% of the grant funds may be used for capital equipment).

Applications to expand a current position will be accepted, however only the new work (and associated training and capital costs) will be eligible for funding. No existing work may be funded using the reuse/repair workforce development micro-grants. Please see the full grant instructions for further detail on costs that may be covered using grant funds.

There are no limits on the number of proposals you may submit.

How do I learn more and apply?

Instructions and Application forms are at the top of this webpage.  Information on previously awarded grants are below.

Past grant highlights


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We encourage you to work with DEQ regional staff listed below if you have questions about our 2017 grant opportunities. 
Serving: Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties
Serving: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties
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Serving: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, City of Milton-Freewater, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa,  Wasco, Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur and Wheeler counties

Daniel Hough 
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