Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Supports local recycling, composting/organics, reuse, source reduction, program development, and enforcement activities that increase diversion and reduce disposal.
MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually.

Learn About SMRP Municipal Grants

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SMRP Grant Eligibility & Recycling Dividends Program: Janine Bishop, 617-348-4004 janine.bishop@mass.gov 
Re-TRAC, Drop-Off Equipment, Recycling Carts, Small-Scale Initiatives: Cathy Doodnauth, 617-292-1011 cathy.doodnauth@mass.gov 
Pay-As-You-Throw, Education & Enforcement Coordinators, Mattress Recycling: Rachel Smith, 617-292-5704 rachel.smith@mass.gov 
Organics Carts, School Recycling: Ann McGovern, 617-292-5834 ann.mcgovern@mass.gov 

The Details of Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

How to apply Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Submit your application via Re-TRAC Connect™.

Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.

See additional details below.

Next steps for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

  1. What to Know

    MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant funding may be used to improve local recycling, composting, reuse, and household hazardous waste diversion programs.

    Cities, towns, regional authorities, and certain non-profit organizations that provide solid waste-related services to them are eligible to apply.

    Grants are available for:

    • Recycling and composting equipment;
    • Mattress recycling;
    • Pay-As-You-Throw programs;
    • Education & Enforcement Coordinators;
    • School recycling;
    • Waste reduction enforcement; and
    • Organics capacity development.

    SMRP funding is also available for SMRP Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) payments to qualifying cities and towns.

  2. Review the Application Guidelines

    The document below provides critical information on SMRP Municipal Grants including eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and how grant funds may be used.

  3. Learn More About SMRP Grants

    To help your community apply for an SMRP grant, MassDEP is holding two informational webinars:

    Please follow the appropriate link above to register for your preferred date.

  4. 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. See below for examples of qualifying "buy recycled" policy notifications.
    • Before submitting a grant application, municipal applicants must have completed MassDEP Municipal Recycling & Solid Waste Surveys for calendar years 2018 and 2019 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.
    • Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.
    • 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.
  5. Complete & Submit a Grant Application

    • MassDEP will begin accepting applications on April 6, 2020.
    • Please note that MassDEP has established a Re-TRAC Connect™ account for each municipality. If you have forgotten your account login, contact Cathy Doodnauth.
    • Applications must be submitted electronically via Re-TRAC Connect™, an online reporting tool. MassDEP does not accept applications in any other format.
    • Regional authority and non-profit applicants need to discuss project concepts with Brooke Nash no later than two weeks before the grant application deadline.
    • If you are requesting funds for Waste Reduction or Organics Capacity projects, the Re-TRAC Connect™ system will prompt you to attach a written proposal, which must conform to the Mandatory Proposal Outline below. MassDEP strongly encourages applicants to contact Brooke Nash before developing their proposals, to discuss project concepts.
    • If you are requesting School Recycling Assistance, you will need to submit a letter of commitment, further described in the SMRP Guidelines below. Use the Commitment Letter Template below for help in composing the letter.
    • If awarded a grant, your School Committee or District must pass a mandatory School Recycling Policy, further described in the SMRP Guidelines. See the Sample Recycling Policy Template below. An applicant whose policy has been adopted at the time of grant application submittal will be favorably evaluated.
  6. MassDEP Reviews All Applications

    The agency spends most of the summer reviewing and scoring the applications it has received from cities, towns, regional authorities and eligible non-profits. MassDEP concludes this process and announces two rounds of grant awards in the fall, generally in September and November.

More info for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

MassDEP has awarded $36 million in SMRP and Recycling Dividends Program funding since 2010. See below for the lists of recipients.

Downloads for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Contact for Apply for a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

Online
SMRP Grant Eligibility & Recycling Dividends Program: Janine Bishop, 617-348-4004 janine.bishop@mass.gov 
Re-TRAC, Drop-Off Equipment, Recycling Carts, Small-Scale Initiatives: Cathy Doodnauth, 617-292-1011 cathy.doodnauth@mass.gov 
Pay-As-You-Throw, Education & Enforcement Coordinators, Mattress Recycling: Rachel Smith, 617-292-5704 rachel.smith@mass.gov 
Organics Carts, School Recycling: Ann McGovern, 617-292-5834 ann.mcgovern@mass.gov 
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