Materials Management

DEQ will award $600,000 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 and the list of new ideas for projects are located in the “Past grant highlights” section on our main page.
  • 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 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. 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 focuses on partnerships involving community-based organizations. For a definition of the focus area, read 2019 Materials Management Grant Focus Area” fact sheet.
  • 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
Ordinary operating expenses of the grant applicant that are not directly related to the project (i.e. staff time that is already a part of your current work) are NOT eligible costs.
Food is a significant material in terms of environmental impacts, and an estimated 25 to 40 percent of all food produced or imported for consumption in the United States is never eaten. Both the 2050 Vision and the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s Interim Roadmap to 2020  identify preventing food waste as a priority for Oregon because of the environmental burdens associated with the food production, distribution, refrigeration, preparation and final disposal of food. A significant amount of greenhouse gas impacts associated with food comes from its production. The EPA’s Waste Reduction Model estimates that potential greenhouse gas savings associated with preventing the wasting of one ton of food are approximately 20 times larger than the savings associated with recycling that food through composting.
Projects that prevent the wasting of food:
  • Pilot to test impacts of changing merchandising and promotional practices (e.g., changing produce displays to reduce loss, offering buy one, get one later instead of buy one, get one free today).
  • Projects to pilot test measuring and tracking wasted food in institutional kitchens as means for identifying why food is being wasted and to inform the development of strategies to reduce wasted food.
  • Equipment or services that prevent or reduce the wasting of food in buffet restaurants or institutional (university, primary/secondary schools, hospital) dining rooms, such as implementing trayless dining, switching to smaller plates, changes to food displays, and elementary school food choices.
  • Changing elementary school food choices or changing school cafeteria practices to “offer” rather than “serve.”
Note: Rescuing edible food for redistribution is not considered prevention. Composting and anaerobic digestion projects (whether on-site or off-site) also do not prevent the wasting of food. 
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 plans are in the "Past grant highlights” section on our main page.
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 will be published Friday, July 19.
If you have questions, contact Marie Diodati at 503-229-5446 or Marie is available to answer questions before the Oct. 4, 2019, 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 completeness of your application form.
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