About the Program

MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants offer funding to cities, towns and regional entities - as well as certain non-profit organizations that provide services to them - for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal. Grants are available for recycling and composting equipment; Pay-As-You-Throw programs; waste reduction enforcement; school recycling; and organics capacity development projects. MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually.

How & When to Apply

Applying for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant:

  1. Review the Application Guidance
    The SMRP Municipal Grant Application Guidance  pdf format of SMRP Municipal Grant Application Guidance
provides critical information on SMRP Municipal Grants including eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and how grant funds may be used.
  2. Attend a Grant Information Session
    MassDEP will present six information sessions across the state. See the schedule below.
  3. Verify That You Meet Minimum Eligibility Criteria
    • Applicants must certify that they have "buy recycled" by-laws, ordinances or policies in place; indicate whether their purchasing function is centralized or decentralized; and certify that everyone with purchasing authority is aware of the "buy recycled" requirement and reminded of it annually.
    • Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling Surveys for calendar years 2013 and 2014 at Re-TRAC Connect™. Regional and non-profit applicants must certify that each municipality to be served by the grant proposal has filed these documents.
    • Municipal applicants with unspent Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) funds or who were awarded in the previous calendar year must report prior year expenditures and RDP Funds balances via Re-TRAC Connect™.
    • Municipal applicants must certify that they have active recycling programs that provide recycling containers for paper, cans and bottles in all offices and meeting spaces in all municipal buildings. All other applicants are required to certify that they have active programs providing for office recycling of paper, cans and bottles.
  4. Complete & Submit a Grant Application

Grant Information Sessions

MassDEP presented six two-hour information sessions on the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant program in spring 2015. The workshops focused on changes to the grant program including a new grant offering, the Carpet and Mattress Recycling Incentive; changes to the Recycling Dividends Program, which is now in its second year; minimum eligibility criteria; and a review of all grant categories. 

If you were unable to attend, please see: Presentation: SMRP Municipal Grants  pdf format of Presentation: SMRP Municipal Grants
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Grant Application Timeline

  • April 2015: MassDEP releases SMRP grant application.
  • June 10, 2015: Municipalities, regional entities & non-profits must apply by this date.
  • September 2015: MassDEP announces grant awards.

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