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

Join MassDEP at one of the scheduled two-hour information sessions in April and May to learn about the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant program. The workshops will focus on changes to each grant category, including the Recycling Dividends Program, but also will include a review of all grant categories. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mansfield Town Hall
6 Park Row
Mansfield, MA

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Northborough Free Library
34 Main Street
Northborough, MA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.
MassDEP Northeast Regional Office
205B Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Barnstable County Complex
3195 Main Street
Barnstable, MA

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.
EcoBargains Building
83 Warwick Street
Springfield, MA

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Braintree Town Hall
One JFK Memorial Drive
Braintree, MA

For additional information, see the printer-friendly SMRP Municipal Grant Information Sessions Flyer  pdf format of SMRP Municipal Grant Information Sessions Flyer

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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