Apply for a Recycling & Reuse Business Development Grant

This program provides grants to Massachusetts businesses to expand recycling, reuse, and composting infrastructure in Massachusetts.
MassDEP to issue the next application round in late fall 2023.

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  1. Eligible Applicants

    To apply, you must:

    • Be a company or corporation (for-profit or non-profit) properly licensed to do business in Massachusetts.
    • Manage eligible materials - to be announced.
    • Operate a location in Massachusetts where the proposed collection activity will occur.
    • Have been in substantial compliance with federal and state environmental laws for the past three years.
    • Provide a minimum required financial match.

    All grants made under the RBDG program should provide a measurable economic benefit to Massachusetts.

  2. Eligible Projects

    More detailed information will be posted with the next program application round.

  3. Review the Guidance

    Updated grant guidance will be posted in late fall 2023.

  4. Complete & Submit Your Application

    The next application round will be announced in late fall 2023. MassDEP will be accepting applications online only. Follow the link below to apply.

  5. MassDEP Reviews All Applications

    The agency will evaluate:

    • Your capabilities and experience;
    • The extent to which your proposed project fosters stronger local recycling markets;
    • The technical feasibility of the investment;
    • The applicant’s financial match (note: proposing a match of greater than 50 percent will be viewed favorably during this evaluation);
    • Whether you are listed among and/or commit to purchase from Commonwealth Supplier Diversity Program-certified businesses; and
    • The likelihood of success and continued sustainability of the investment after the grant.

    MassDEP may require a site visit and/or interview with top-ranked applicants as part of its evaluation. 

  6. Sign a Grant Agreement with MassDEP

    If your organization is selected to receive a MassDEP Recycling Business Development Grant, it will need to sign a contract that stipulates, among other things:

    • MassDEP staff reserves the right to visit your Massachusetts location(s) during the grant period.

    • Grant payments will be made on a reimbursement basis, in a single payment to be made after you have documented the purchase and delivery of equipment. However, purchases of equipment prior to signing a grant contract are not eligible for this grant program.

    • You will be required to submit a summary report on the use of this equipment to MassDEP within one year of its purchase and delivery.

    Other specific terms and conditions will be outlined in the grant agreement.

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