MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

This program provides grants of up to $10,000 to for-profit and non-profit organizations, regional authorities, eligible municipalities, and schools/colleges, for short-term waste reduction projects.
Application will be posted April 1, 2024, and October 1, 2024.

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About this program for MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

The Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant provides awards of up to $10,000 to for-profit and non-profit organizations, regional authorities, eligible municipalities, and schools/colleges, for short term waste reduction projects (≤1 year). To qualify, projects must focus on reducing waste generation and prolonging the lifespan of products via donation, rescue, reuse and/or repair in Massachusetts. Composting and recycling projects are not eligible for this grant.

2024 Application Deadlines:
•    May 15 by 5pm ET
•    November 15 by 5pm ET

How to apply MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

See details below.

Next steps for MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

  1. Determine Your Eligibility

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

    • An organization or business (for-profit or non-profit) that is properly licensed to operate in Massachusetts.
    • 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 individual Massachusetts city or town, or a Massachusetts municipality acting as lead for a multi-community regional initiative.
    • Pre-K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, both public and private. 
  2. Review the Grant Guidelines

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

  3. 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.
  4. Submit Your Application

    MassDEP will post a link to the online application on this webpage on the following dates: April 1, 2024, and October 1, 2024. For your reference, a SAMPLE application is posted below. Applications received after 5pm on the due date will not be reviewed.

  5. MassDEP Reviews Your Application

    Award decisions will be made within one month of the grant deadline. To ensure a feasible timeline, build 2-3 months into your project proposal to account for the time needed for the evaluation and award process. Award decisions will be made based on the eligibility and evaluation criteria specified in the Grant Guidelines at Step 2 above.

  6. 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.

  7. Project Reporting & Reimbursement

    •    Applicants whose projects are selected for funding will work with MassDEP to develop a Scope of Work; project work must generally be completed as per the Scope of Work.
    •    Approved projects must be completed within one year of receiving the final grant agreement which outlines grant expectations and requirements, including the approved Scope of Work.
    •    Awarded funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis based on actual costs and an approved budget as outlined in the Scope of Work.
    •    At the conclusion of your organization’s MassDEP-funded or supported project, you must submit a final report. The final report describes your work and deliverables, challenges faced, and lessons learned, and recommendations on next steps, as appropriate.  MassDEP will provide a template to assist you in writing the final report and 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.
    •    Once MassDEP receives and approves your final report, you may submit an invoice to request grant payment, using a template provided by the grant manager.

More info for MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant

MassDEP has awarded nearly $200,000 in Reduce, Reuse, Repair Micro-Grant funding since 2019. See below for a listing of awards.

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