DEEP Announces Request for Applications for Sustainable Materials Management Grant Funding
Expression of Interest Form Due No Later Than Oct. 29
Virtual Grant Information Session Sept. 28
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding and technical assistance for Connecticut municipalities and regions through the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Grant program, pursuant to Public Acts, Spec. Sess., June 2021, No. 21-2, § 308.
DEEP invites proposals seeking grant funds to help municipalities and regional waste authorities initiate and scale up Unit-Based Pricing and food scrap collection efforts. CT DEEP will also provide technical assistance through a contracted service provider to assist during the application process in development of a long-term strategy pursuant to Spec. Sess. P.A. 21-2, § 308.
Unit-Based Pricing (UBP) and food scrap collection programs, are highly effective solid waste management solutions that will help reduce costs and environmental impacts associated with municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal, especially when the programs are implemented together. Supporting these strategies will help to alleviate the state’s waste disposal crisis by reducing the amount of MSW tonnage that may be disposed of at out-of-state landfills as in-state waste-to-energy capacity declines. These strategies also help to advance the statewide 60% diversion rate set forth in the Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS).
Project proposals must include long-term implementation strategies for sustained waste reduction and diversion. Preference will be given to projects with potential for the largest volume of waste reduction in a short time frame.
SMM grant funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for individual and groups of municipalities, Connecticut regional entities (council of governments, regional planning agencies, resource recovery authority, recycling operating committees, or other entity representing Connecticut municipalities).
To receive funding under the SMM Grant Program, applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest form to DEEP outlining the proposal parameters and providing basic information to DEEP. This RFA and direct links to the Expression of Interest Form can be found on DEEP’s Municipal and Regional Grants and Technical Assistance webpage. Applicants may submit more than one Expression of Interest form and may join Expressions of Interest forms submitted by other applicants.
This RFA is posted to DEEP’s
Municipal and Regional Grants and Technical Assistance webpage.