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.
    • Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling Surveys for calendar years 2012 and 2013 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 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 2014. The workshops focused on the new Recycling Dividends Program but also covered minimum eligibility criteria and a review of all grant categories. If you were unable to attend, please see: SMRP Municipal Grant Information Sessions Presentation pdf format of SMRP Municipal Grant Information Sessions Presentation
ppt format of smrp-pres.ppt file size 1MB

Grant Application Timeline

  • April 2014: MassDEP releases SMRP grant application.
  • June 11, 2014: Municipalities, regional entities & non-profits must apply by this date.
  • September 2014: MassDEP announces grant awards.

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