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 2018 Materials Management Grants are now open. The Project and Planning Grant application period will close on Sept. 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements are listed below. If you are having problems submitting your application electronically, please contact  Marie Diodati at 503-229-5446 before 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2018 or earlier. Further information can be found in the instructions document for each respective grant type.
 

More information to help write your proposal 

The recording of the conference call from Monday, July 30 is now available. During this call, potential applicants asked questions about the application forms and process. 
Please consult this document to understand the link between food waste prevention and environmental benefits

2018 Materials Management Grant FAQ's

DEQ will award $500,000 for materials management project and planning grants (no limit per applicant).

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.
  • Federally-recognized Tribal governments located in Oregon.
  • Organizations created through intergovernmental agreements as allowed by ORS 190.010.
  • 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.  A sample 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. It can take one to six months from the time a grant is awarded to the time a grant agreement is signed. The grant recipient needs to have the financial resources to make purchases eligible for reimbursement. Reimbursement may take longer than six weeks.
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 will serve economically distressed or otherwise distressed communities, and/or if the project is in one of four focus areas:
 
  • Prevents the wasting of food
  • Reduces solid waste generation
  • Establishes, restores, or enhances recycling infrastructure or composting infrastructure (facilities, equipment) in rural communities
  • Helps a local government exceed requirements of the Opportunity to Recycle Act. 
  • 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.
 
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.
​Governments responsible for materials management are eligible to apply. This includes Federally-recognized tribal governments located in Oregon, counties, cities, metropolitan service districts, regional parks districts, sanitary districts, county service districts, and regional air quality control authorities.

​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
​There are no limits on the number of proposals you may submit.
Instructions and application forms are at the top of this webpage.
 
If you have questions, contact Marie Diodati at 503-229-5446 or Diodati.Marie-Helene@deq.state.or.us. Marie is available to answer questions before the Sept. 28, 2018, deadline, but you are encouraged to reach out as early in advance as possible as you develop your grant application. Marie will answer questions about the completion of your application form. 
 
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Contact

For more information about our 2018 grant opportunities, contact Marie Diodati, 503-229-5446.

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Regional contacts for on-going grantees

DEQ regional staff contact information listed below for on-going 2015-17 grantees
For Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties 
4026 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
503-378-5089
 
Cathy Brown
For Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties 
165 East Seventh St., Suite 100
Eugene, OR  97401 
541-687-7325
 
Eric Clanton
For Baker, Malheur, City of Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties 
800 SE Emigrant Street, Suite 330,
Pendleton, OR 97801
541-278-4612
 
Matt Slafkosky
For Gilliam Grant, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties 
400 E Scenic Drive,
Suite 307
The Dalles, OR 97058
541-298-7255   Ext. 236
 

Jason Mustard
For Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes, Klamath, Lake and Harney counties 
475 NE Bellevue Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
541-633-2029

Daniel Hough
For Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties 
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97201-4987 
503-229-5478

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