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; mattress recycling; Pay-As-You-Throw programs; waste reduction enforcement; school recycling; and organics capacity development projects. SMRP funding is also available for Recycling Dividends Program payments to qualifying cities and towns. 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. Play Back a Grant Information Webinar
    MassDEP hosted two Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Grant webinars in April 2016:

         Webinar 1: Grant Opportunities for Municipalities with Drop-Off Programs
         Play Back Here | Download the Presentation pdf format of SMRP Webinar Presentation: Drop-Off Programs

         Webinar 2: Grant Opportunities for Municipalities with Curbside Programs
         Play Back Here | Download the Presentation pdf format of SMRP Webinar Presentation: Curbside Programs
  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; certify that everyone with purchasing authority is aware of the "buy recycled" requirement and reminded of it annually; and attach a copy of this communication.
    • Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling Surveys for calendar years 2014 and 2015 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 Application Timeline

  • April 2016: MassDEP releases SMRP grant application.
  • June 15, 2016: Municipalities, regional entities & non-profits must apply by this date.
  • September 2016: MassDEP announces grant awards.

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