Recycling Grants

Here is a list we’ve compiled of available recycling grant programs in North America.  If there’s anything we missed, let us know by calling us at 1-888-646-4246 or email solutions@cleanriver.com.

North American Grants

The Americas

Grant Name: Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation

The Foundation supports non-profit organizations to promote environmental causes and aid in sustainable development, environmental justice, and environmental education.

Link: https://bit.ly/2HwUx0K


North America

Grant Name: The Environmental Research and Education Foundation

The Foundation awards recycling grants for research projects and educational initiatives for developing tools that promote awareness or increase knowledge of the solid waste industry.

Amount: Up to $500,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2kWqykI


Grant Name: Patagonia Environmental Grant

Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. Eligible entities for recycling grants include any organization that is action-oriented, builds public involvement, and works to build an inclusive and diverse environmental movement.

Amount: $2,500 – $15,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/Mk7k1



Canadian Grants


Grant Name: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant

The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives that have a primary focus on environmental education and green-space programs. Eligible entities include registered Canadian charities, educational institutions, municipalities, and Aboriginal groups.

Amount: Average grant sizes are $2,000 – $8,000

Link: https://go.td.com/2YQ69lj


Grant Name: Green Municipal Fund- Pilot Project Waste Diversion

This funding helps Canadian municipalities, private sector entities, Indigenous communities, not-for-profits, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations to reduce, reuse, and recycle material that would have otherwise entered the waste stream.

Amount: Up to $350,000

Link: https://bit.ly/30Fljvh



Grant Name: The Community Champions Program

The Community Champions Program is a positive approach to building participation in beverage container recycling. The program provides recycling grants for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) and start-up support to the Community Champions Program, by ensuring more accessible and convenient out-of-home opportunities for recycling.

Amount: Up to $20,000

Link: https://bit.ly/30GJWI8


Grant Name: EcoTrust Environmental Grant Program

EcoTrust invests in Alberta’s environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2EtXayn


Grant Name: Edmonton Community Grant Program

The program supports charities in the greater Edmonton area by awarding recycling grants for program and project funding to equipment purchases or renovations- and more.

Amount: Up to $80,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2EsCGGq


British Columbia

Grant Name: Columbia Basin Trust

The Columbia Basin Trust invests in non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts, and Indigenous organizations in order to strengthen overall environmental well-being. Projects funded include educating the public, supporting the protection, enhancement, and restoration of resources, as well as projects that are meant for enhancing or conserving ecosystems and/or species of conservation concern.

Amount: $5,000+

Link: https://bit.ly/2EsCGGq


Grant Name: Comox Valley Community Foundation

The foundation supports local communities, organizations, and charities that are striving to improve the Comox community.

Amount: $250,000 is awarded each year

Link: https://bit.ly/2JD2rb8


Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon

Grant Name: Bullitt Foundation

The Bullitt Foundation provides recycling grants to non-for-profit organizations that are working to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Link: https://bit.ly/2LHKhlO



Grant Name: Brandon Area Community Foundation

The Foundation awards recycling grants to non-profit organizations that are located in Southwestern Manitoba and purposefully bring together individuals and groups who wish to make an on-going difference in their community.

Amount: $579,066 was awarded last year

Link: https://bit.ly/2Qmtwjh


Grant Name: Winnipeg Community Grant

The Winnipeg Community Grant works with local charities to cultivate belonging, encourage prevention and well-being, promote sustainable lifestyles, green the charitable sector, tackle climate change, create social change through art, and to celebrate our diverse cultural heritage.

Amount: Up to $100,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/BJLvu


Newfoundland and Labrador

Grant Name: Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

To help support sustainable communities, business innovation and waste reduction research.

Amount: More than $12 million has been allocated since 2007.

Link: https://bit.ly/2M6G5AW


Northwest Territories

Grant Name: The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative (WRRI)

The WRRI supports NWT-based municipalities, Indigenous governments, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals reduce the amount of waste generated, reuse materials and products, recycle materials, and recover a useful benefit from waste.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2Qlp8Rs


Toronto, Ontario

Grant Name: Waste Reduction Community Grants

To reduce the amount of residential waste that meets landfills and engage communities to participate in actives that reduce residential waste. Eligible groups include resident, tenant, and neighbourhood associations, service clubs, ethnic community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs, and councils.

Amount: $5,000 – $25,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2Wl3aUo



Grant Name: EcoFriendly Sask Action Grant

This recycling grant provides aid for individuals, schools, or community groups and institutions in Saskatchewan for projects that preserve and protect the natural environment.

Amount: $500

Link: https://bit.ly/1mnsdKy


Grant Name: Assistance to Community Groups – Cash Grant Environmental

To aid local non-profit organizations in environmental stewardship, waste reduction and/or diversion, and environmental education and/or awareness.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2X3QP3N



Grant Name: Environmental Awareness Fund (EAF)

The EAF awards recycling grants to non-profit organizations to educate, engage, and connect Yukon communities with the territory’s natural environment to in order to promote conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and stewardship.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Link: https://yukon.ca/en/eaf



American Grants

United States

Grant Name: The Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program

The grant program awards recycling bins to schools, government agencies, colleges and other community organizations on a competitive basis. Interested parties complete an online application, designating the style and number of bins they would like and explaining how and where they would use the bins. Keep America Beautiful selects recipients based on the merits of their proposal according to several criteria including need and the potential to recover the greatest amount of recyclables. Keep America Beautiful then works with its vendors to arrange delivery of the bins at no cost to the grant recipients. In addition to the free bins awarded through the grant, all applicants are extended the opportunity to purchase additional recycling bins and related accessories at a special, discounted price. Grants are offered to KAB affiliates, government and public agencies, non-profit organizations, tribal governments, religious organizations, colleges & universities, k-12 schools and other community groups

Link: https://bit.ly/2JZSm7s


Grant Name: PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund

The PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund goes towards schools who are engaging the community, as well as creating or strengthening green initiatives on campus.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Link: https://bit.ly/30EQtTF


Grant Name: ecoSolution Grants

The grant supports solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.

Amount: $500 – $2,500

Link: https://bit.ly/30EQuab


Grant Name: Quadratec Cares

Quadratec Cares works with any individual or organization for trail building or restoration, litter prevention, sustainable land management, and for community environmental education projects.

Amount: Up to $3,500

Link: https://bit.ly/2oUcPzC


Grant Name: Cliff Bar Family Foundation

The Cliff Bar Family Foundation supports organizations to protect Earth’s beauty, increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental hazards, and build stronger communities.

Link: https://bit.ly/2Wl3bYs


Grant Name: Cornell Douglas Foundation

The Cornell Douglas Foundation works with charities to support environmental health and justice, land conservation, and sustainability of resources.

Link: https://bit.ly/2RRZKSP


Grant Name: The Lawrence Foundation

The Lawrence Foundation is for non-profit organizations headquartered in the United states, but can be located elsewhere to support environmental, human services and other causes.

Link: https://bit.ly/2JZxVaT


United States: Irvine, Bridewater, Chicago, Sugarland, and Jacksonville

Grant Name: Mazda Foundation

The Mazda Foundation supports local organizations to promote environmental conservation.

Link: https://urlzs.com/LQYPt



Grant Name: Alabama Recycling Fund

Funding goes towards buying recycling trailers and bins, collection trucks and other equipment, as well as funding to support education efforts encouraging participants in recycling programs.

Amount: $1,700,000 has been awarded since the start of the fund.

Link: https://bit.ly/30OhxQu


Grant Name: ALPAR Recycling Mini-Grant

The ALPAR Recycling Mini-Grant is available for communities and non-profits to promote community recycling of household materials in Alaska. Funds can be used to support programs and projects such as purchase of equipment, recycling events, and education and public awareness efforts.

Amount: $500 – $2,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2ErARcI



Grant Name: Beverage Container Recycling Grant

To establish convenient beverage container recycling and litter abatement projects, as well as to encourage market development and expansion activities for beverage container materials. Eligible grant members include California cities, counties, other local government entities, as well as joint power authorities, special districts, public education institutions and districts, non-profit organizations and qualifying Indian tribes.

Amount: Up to $1,500,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2JD2rb8


Grant Name: Beverage Container Recycling City/County Payment Program

The goal of this program is to support cities and counties to reach and maintain an 80% recycling rate for all California refund value beverage containers (aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal). Funds can also go towards helping litter cleanup activities as well.

Amount: Up to $10,500,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2WtYbkp


Grant Name: The Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation supports non-profit organizations that have been operating for at least 3 years to execute projects that focus on education, health and human services, culture and humanities, and the environment.

Amount: $10,000 – $100,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2X04aKp



Grant Name: Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Grant Program

The RREO Program provides funding for businesses, local governments, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions in order to promote economic development through the management of materials that would otherwise be land-filled. Funds are available to support recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, source reduction, and beneficial use/reuse. This includes using grant funds for recycling bins.

Amount: More than $25,000,000 has been awarded

Link: https://bit.ly/1axhgWn



Grant Name: RecycleCT Innovation Grant Program

Provides support to higher education institutions, municipalities, municipal or regional planning organizations, special districts (e.g. school districts, public housing authorities), and non-profit organizations (including institutes, alliances, or trusts) that are working towards sustainable materials management, with a focus on zero waste, waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Link: https://bit.ly/2W0aIfC



Grant Name: Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grant

Through the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grant, organizations, governments, schools and fire/police departments within the Georgia-Pacific manufacturing area are supported through environmental programs that promote clean air and water, recycling, and resource conservation. Programs involving environmental education are also funded.

Link: https://bit.ly/2M8T6Ka



Grant Name: Illinois Recycling Grant Program

The grant program helps local governments, not-for-profit organizations, and private entities initiate or expand recycling collection and/or processing efforts in Illinois.

Link: https://bit.ly/2VM7tnl



Grant Name: Recycling Market Development Program

Promotes reuse, reduce, and recycle methods in order to better manage solid waste by developing markets for recycling. Eligible entities include public and private businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations.

Amount: $1,000 – $250,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2J3gTF2



Grant Name: Iowa Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP)

SWAP provides financial aid to to businesses, government agencies, public and private groups, as well as individuals, in order to support the development and implementation of projects that focus on waste reduction and landfill diversion.

Link: https://bit.ly/2JY4Psh



Grant Name: Solid Waste Green Schools Grant

This program awards recycling grants to k-12 schools located in Kansas, in order to support projects that engage students in recycling and waste reduction projects.

Amount: Up to $4,500

Link: https://bit.ly/2EpV9TO



Grant Name: Litter Abatement Grant

The Litter Abatement Grant is dedicated to promoting litter cleanup among public roads. Eligible entities for this grant include counties that are in compliance with their 5 year waste management plan as well as incorporated cities that provide municipal solid waste collection service.

Link: https://bit.ly/2Hxh79s



Grant Name: Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant

SMRP provides financial aid to local cities, towns, regional authorities, and certain non-profit organizations with projects to improve local recycling, composting/organics, reuse, source reduction, program development, and enforcement activities that increase diversion and reduce disposal.

Amount: Has awarded $35,000,000 since the start of the program in 2010.

Link: https://bit.ly/2M7C3In


Grant Name: Massachusetts Recycling Loan Fund

The fund supports recycling companies, subsidiaries, or units that collect or separate recyclable materials for resale, or who reuse, process, compost, or convert recyclable materials into marketable products. The fund aims to promote businesses to become active in recycling-related activities.

Amount: $50,000 – $500,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2HPvvZB



Grant Name: Recycling Market Development Grant Program

The Recycling Market Development Grant Program is for both non-profit businesses and organizations, cities, townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste authorities, resource recovery authorities, educational institutions, health departments, or regional planning activities. The grant includes financing for commercialization of technologies to replace materials with recycled content, in order to improve the quality, increase the quantity, and grow demand for utilizing recycled materials in manufacturing or other uses. It also includes research and development of new uses for recycled materials.

Amount: Up to $500,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2In5OBA


Grant Name: EGLE

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is awarding nearly $1.6 million in infrastructure grants to six public agency and nonprofit recipients in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Amount: Up to $1.6 million to support recycling infrastructure.

Link: EGLE – Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (michigan.gov)



Grant Name: BizRecycling

To help businesses, non-profits, schools, and institutions in Ramsey and Washington Country to help start, improve, or manage workplace trash, recycling, food scraps, and organics.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2iVfCDX


Grant Name: Environmental Assistance Loans

Loans for small to medium-sized businesses and political subdivisions of Minnesota to help aid in pollution prevention, source reduction, recycling, and source-separated compostable materials.

Amount: Up to $250,000 with 0% interest

Link: https://bit.ly/2HRDJAe



Grant Name: Mississippi School Recycling Grants

Supports public and private k-12 schools in Mississippi to grow recycling efforts in the state.

Amount: $500 – $1,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2YDwQcO



Grant Name: Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program

The program provides valuable assistance to local governments, private businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in the implementation and expansion of a wide variety of waste reduction and recycling projects.

Amount: Has awarded over $42,000,000.

Link: https://bit.ly/2X2eiT9



Grant Name: Assisting Charitable Endeavors (ACE)

ACE works with non-profit organizations to promote civic goodwill and enhance the success of selected worthwhile causes in Montana.

Amount: $250 – $2,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2YPW1ZT



Grant Name: Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program

Provides recycling grants for both public and private entities to support programs to reduce litter, provide education, and promote recycling in Nebraska.

Amount: Approximately $1,500,000 is available annually.

Link: https://bit.ly/2HP8ki9


Grant Name: Nebraska State Recycling Association Recycling Equipment Grants

Any Nebraska organization including schools, municipalities and other government entities, nonprofit organizations and recycling companies are eligible to purchase recycling equipment through this fund.

Amount: Up to $20,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2HAd5NH



Grant Name: Nevada Recycling Grant Program

The Nevada Recycling Grant Program aims to increase opportunities for the recycling and reuse of solid waste, to increase public awareness of the importance of conserving natural resources, and the reduction, reuse, and recycling of solid waste. Eligible entities include municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, schools and school districts, higher education institutions, and other public institutions.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Link: http://ow.ly/lgcb50ydBVE


New Hampshire

Grant Name: Municipal Recycling and Storage Equipment Grants

To assist local communities with the purchase of recycling equipment.

Amount: Funding up to 20% of the purchase price of equipment.

Link: https://bit.ly/2WnyKkc


New Mexico

Grant Name: Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund

To protect the health and welfare of current and future residents of New Mexico by providing for the prevention and abatement of illegal dumpsites and promoting environmentally sound methods for reuse and recycling. Eligible groups include municipalities, counties, solid waste authorities, pueblos, tribes and nations, land grant communities, and cooperative associations.

Amount: Up to $800,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2YL65TS


Grant Name: Solid Waste Facility Grant Fund

To provide financial aid to municipalities, counties, cooperative associations, and solid waste authorities for their projects that will result in environmentally sound methods for solid waste facility management and significant improvement of protection of the environment and public health.

Amount: Up to $35,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2YL65TS


New York State

Grant Name: Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (MWR&R)

The MWR&R supports projects that include planning, educational and promotional activities to increase public awareness of and participation in waste reduction and recycling. Additionally, this recycling grant also includes support for expanding local recycling programs.

Link: https://on.ny.gov/2EtcefN


North Carolina

Grant Name: Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program

To assist local governments with the implementation, expansion, and improvement of waste reduction and recycling programs.

Amount: Up to $20,000 – $30,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2WY7fuM



Grant Name: Ohio Community and Litter Grant

The Community and Litter grant is for communities, local governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations to establish and implement recycling, recycling market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling programs.

Amount: Up to $200,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2QiPq76


Grant Name: Zero Waste Event Partnership

To create an efficient distribution system of special event recycling & waste reduction supplies to local government agencies and non-profit institutions.

Amount: Up to $1,500

Link: https://bit.ly/2HN7zpB



Grant Name: The Environment Education Grant

The Environment Education Grant is for either public or private k-12 teachers, school environment club, youth group leaders, and/or organizations with a youth component to help the general public become more aware of actions and activities that will help preserve and protect Oklahoma’s environment.

Amount: Up to $7,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2VVTQqq


Portland, Oregon

Grant Name: Ecomaine

Ecomaine helps schools start a sustainability program or grow an existing one.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Link: https://bit.ly/2HyAMG4



Grant Name: Organizational Waste Reduction and Reuse Program (OWRRP)

The OWRRP supports businesses, community and youth groups, institutions, and non-profits promote innovative and sustainable solutions to problems in our current waste system.

Amount: $500 – $5,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/vPNbN


Grant Name: School Zero Waste Grant

To help public k-12 schools in Central Vermont reduce waste.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Link: https://urlzs.com/tyTwH


Grant Name: Municipal Services Program Grant (MSP)

To provide resources and financial support to municipalities located in the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) to meet the diverse needs of member municipalities to develop infrastructure for solid waste management local facilities and to promote community-based solutions.

CVSWMD Member Towns: Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Bradford, Calais, Chelsea, Duxbury, East Montpelier, Fairlee, Hardwick, Middlesex, Montpelier, Orange, Plainfield, Tunbridge, Walden, Washington, Williamstown, and Woodbury. 

Amount: Up to $5,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/9NqP8



Grant Name: Litter Control Grant Program

Assists municipalities and county government agencies with community cleanup and litter enforcement projects.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/bd3tR



Grant Name: Waste Reduction and Recycling Education (WRRED) Grants Program

Recycling grants to support local governments and non-profit organizations for statewide education programs designed to help the public with litter control, waste reduction, recycling, and composting.

Amount: Up to $60,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/m57hW


West Virginia

Grant Name: Recycling Assistance Grant Program

Supports any county, municipality, public or private entity in West Virginia with recycling grants to help with the planning and implementation of recycling programs, related public educational programs or for assistance in recycling market efforts.

Amount: Up to $150,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/bd3tR



Grant Name: The Recycling Consolidation Grant

The Recycling Consolidation Grant provides recycling grants to support to cities, towns, villages, counties, federally recognized tribe or band in this state or a solid waste management system for education and outreach materials, collection/transport of residential recyclables, utility services, etc.

Link: https://urlzs.com/nf9Hs


Grant Name: Water & Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program

Provides recycling grants to most state and local government entities, private nonprofits, and federally-recognized tribes for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

Link: https://urlzs.com/pu5dS



Grant Name: The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole Micro Grant

This Micro-Grant provides funding to an organization, government entity, or other IRS recognized charitable organization who has projects involving unique, unexpected opportunities or urgent, unanticipated problems.

Amount: Up to $3,000

Link: https://urlzs.com/Ywzjk


Grant Name: The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole Competitive Grant

To strategically support public charities, schools, governmental entities and religious organizations to address community needs.

Amount: $3,000+

Link: https://urlzs.com/Lx7Yc