Materials Management

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2020 General Materials Management Grants

Apply today!

Our grants program helps recipients reduce the environmental impacts of materials at all stages of their lifecycle. The recipients help reduce waste, build capacity for reuse and repair, support responsible recycling, or otherwise advance the 2050 Vision. Since 1991, DEQ has awarded over $9 million in materials management grants.

Grants matter because people and organizations need money to do this work, and our grant funding is often the only source of funding available for this type of work in Oregon. The contributions and creativity of local communities are vital to achieving the 2050 Vision where resources are conserved, the environment is protected and all live well.

The 2020 cycle has now started

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. (PDT), Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 to be considered.

If interested in applying, please consult the following application documents (updated Sept. 17, 2020):

Important dates

  • Friday, July 24, 2020
    Application and instructions posted online 

  • Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
    Application deadline

Applicant resources

Frequently asked questions for applicants

More resources for applicants

  • Grant Agreement
    Your Regional Specialist will guide the usage of this document

For applicants who were awarded 2019 funding, please know that this will be the grant agreement you will develop with DEQ.

​In 2019, DEQ prioritized projects that involved partnerships with community-based organizations, and received more than 50 competitive applications. Out of those applications, DEQ funded nearly $600,000 to 17 organizations. DEQ appreciates the time and effort applicants have invested in this grant application process and encourage applicants that did not receive funding to consider applying to future grant opportunities with DEQ.

Past grant highlights

Community of DEQ Materials Management grantees

DEQ wants to support the community of past grant recipients. Sharing lessons learned, challenges and accomplishments are keys to learn from our peers and build off of their accomplishments. We are all working towards common goals of preventing and reducing waste generation. Here are a couple of project examples from previous Materials Management grant cycles:

  • The Rethink Waste Project of The Environmental Center in Bend:
  • The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability from the City of Portland and their Deconstruction Grant project
    The goals of the project was to increase deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition, build capacity within the salvage industry, promote community awareness of deconstruction and collect and share project data and case studies.

Reuse and Repair Grantees

To learn more about Reuse and Repair Grantees, go to the Reuse and Repair DEQ page. The 2020 Reuse and Repair grant cycle is now complete.

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Regional contacts for ongoing grantees

Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties:
Cathie Rhoades
4026 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302

Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties:
Cathy Brown
165 East Seventh St., Suite 100
Eugene, OR  97401


Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah and Tillamook counties:
Lexi Meek
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97201-4987


Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties:
Tom Lang
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97201-4987


Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties:
Laurie Gordon
475 NE Bellevue Dr., Suite 110
Bend, Oregon 97701