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.
Please note that the eligible costs covered through this grant program have been broadened to address the challenges small businesses face with employee retention during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping the repair and reuse sectors economically viable is a priority, and we want to use this grant to help keep reuse and repair businesses operating through the disruptions caused by the current health crisis. Please consider applying for funding to support your current staff and ongoing operations.
For more information read
the news release.
2020 grant opportunity
DEQ is launching a new workforce development grant to support repair and reuse activities. Small businesses and nonprofits working in salvage, resale, repair, refurbishment or remanufacturing are encouraged to apply. Informational webinars are set for late April. See below for more details.
Apply for up to $10,000 for workforce development
Materials Management Repair and Reuse Grants support the workforce development needs of small reuse and repair businesses. These grants allow businesses to apply for up to $10,000 in funding per application to cover the costs of retention, training and capital equipment. The total amount of funding available is up to $120,000.
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
Updated April 8, 2020
View the webinar
, recorded April 21, 2020This webinar describes how to complete the application and answers common questions about the grant.
Updated April 17, 2020
As reference only, please see the grant agreement template we will use if you are selected as a grantee:
Read more about DEQ's repair and reuse efforts
: Describes the strategies, actions and priority materials for repair, reuse and product lifespan extension for 2016 - 2021.