Apply for a MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

This program provides grants of up to $5,000 to municipalities, regional authorities, and eligible organizations for short-term waste reduction projects.
The application period has ended. MassDEP has committed all funding for 2019.

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Please Note: If you need the application in an alternate format, please contact Erin Victor.

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  1. What to Know

    MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grants are awards of up to $5,000 that municipalities, regional authorities, and eligible for-profit and non-profit organizations can use to implement short-term waste reduction projects.

    To qualify for funding, projects need to specifically promote source reduction, reuse, or repair in Massachusetts.

    Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grants are meant to complement the Waste Reduction and Organics Capacity Projects component of Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants, which provides funding for projects with higher costs (more than $10,000) and longer implementation timelines (up to two years).

  2. Determine Your Eligibility

    To be eligible for Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant consideration, you must be applying on behalf of:

    • An individual Massachusetts city or town, or a municipality acting as lead for a multi-community regional initiative.
    • A regional entity such a solid waste management district, solid waste/recycling cooperative, or regional planning authority that is recognized as a governmental body under Massachusetts General Laws.
    • An organization or business (for-profit or non-profit) that is properly licensed to operate in Massachusetts.
  3. Review the Grant Guidelines

    Before applying, please read the document below. It provides a comprehensive summary of grant evaluation criteria, review timelines, award recipient expectations, eligible uses of grant funds, and examples of project ideas.

  4. Prepare the Information You Need to Submit

    You will need to provide the following as part of your application:

    • A summary of the project you are proposing and its goals.
    • Your justification for the project (i.e. why it is needed).
    • How you will evaluate or measure the success of your project.
    • A statement of project sustainability and replicability.
    • Your work plan and timeline for the project.
    • An itemized project budget, including any matching funds.
  5. Submit Your Application

    The application period has ended. MassDEP has committed all funding for 2019.

    Please Note: The online form is compatible with all web browsers, but works best with Firefox. If you need the application in an alternate format, please contact Erin Victor.

  6. MassDEP Reviews Your Application

    The agency will accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis until all available funds are obligated. MassDEP will make award decisions in the order applications are received, based on the eligibility and evaluation criteria specified in the Grant Guidelines at Step 3 above. The agency will generally act on your application within one month of your submitting it.

  7. Sign a Grant Agreement with MassDEP

    If your organization is selected to receive a MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant, the agency will issue you an award letter and contract documents that specify the terms and conditions of your award. You will need to sign a Standard Contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Grant Agreement with MassDEP before making any purchases related to the project.

  8. Project Reporting & Reimbursement

    At the conclusion of your organization's MassDEP-funded or supported project, you must submit a final report detailing the results. The final report describes your work and deliverables, challenges faced and lessons learned, and recommendations on next steps, as appropriate. MassDEP may publish information and images from your final report on its web site or agency social media as examples for other organizations engaging in similar projects.

    Unless your organization demonstrates significant need during the application process, your grant funds will be distributed in one lump sum upon conclusion of your project. Once MassDEP receives and approves your final report, you may submit an invoice to request grant payment, using the template below.

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