Materials Management

Repair and reuse industries contribute significantly to employment and economic prosperity in Oregon and help to rebuild the skills and practices we need to be more resourceful. Many everyday products can have a longer useful life with proper maintenance and repair. Capturing this value through expanded opportunities for repair, refurbishment, resale and reuse reduces a broad variety of environmental impacts. This also offers greater access and affordability to many who can benefit from low-cost alternatives. 

2020 grant opportunity

DEQ is launching a new workforce development grant to support reuse and repair activities. Small businesses and nonprofits working in salvage, resale, repair, refurbishment or remanufacturing are encouraged to apply.                          

Apply for up to $10,000 for workforce development

Materials Management Reuse and Repair Grants support the workforce development needs of small reuse and repair businesses. While many of these businesses have strong demand for their services, they often lack the time or resources to train new staff to help meet customer demand. These grants allow businesses to apply for up to $10,000 in funding per application to cover the costs of training and capital equipment. The total amount of funding available is up to $80,000.

DEQ launched this program in 2017 as a pilot project, and due to its success, officially re-launched this grant program 2020.

Download the application and instructions

As reference only, please see the grant agreement template we will use if you are selected as a grantee:

Why are these grants important?

Supporting businesses and non-profits that repair, refurbish or resell common consumer goods like clothing, electronics, and furniture has multiple advantages:
  • Providing accessible and affordable choices for consumers 
  • Reducing the environmental impacts of new product manufacturing
  • Contributing to local workforce development, employment and economic activity

Important 2020 Workforce Development Grant deadlines

Updated March 30, 2020

  • Monday, March 30, 2020
    Application and instructions posted online
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Application FAQ webinar, general public
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Application FAQ webinar, Oregon Tribes
  • Friday, June 5, 2020 
    Application deadline

To sign into the webinar, please use the following information:

  • Meeting number: 2167067005
  • Participant Code: 2295518
Note: The first time you use the Web Meeting Service, you will need to download the client software at the web address above. This takes a few minutes, so please try to be set-up 10 minutes before the start of the webinar. 
You will also need to call into the teleconference line at (the same number as above):
  • Phone number: 216-706-7005
  • Participant code: 2295518


Read more about DEQ's reuse and repair efforts 

Strategic Plan: Describes the strategies, actions and priority materials for reuse, repair and product lifespan extension for 2016 - 2021.


For more information about this work, contact Marie Diodati, 503-229-5446.

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