The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District is once again seeking grant applications from local organizations interested in undertaking recycling, waste reduction or reuse projects. The deadline for the submission of grant applications is March 24, 2016. The grant program encourages local organizations to carry out projects that further the Solid Waste District’s mission of promoting recycling, waste reduction and responsible waste management within Hendricks County.
For the spring grant round, the District has again set aside $10,000 to award to not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations in Hendricks County that begin a new or expanded program or for projects that divert waste from landfills (by reducing, reusing and recycling) or that ensure the proper disposal of hazardous or problem wastes. The grant awards are scheduled to be announced by May 1, 2016.
Each applying organization is eligible to receive up to $5,000. Grant awards will be based upon the scope of the proposed program or project, the impact the program or project will have and how well the undertaking furthers the goals of the District. Places of worship, schools, charities, service organizations and units of local government are encouraged to apply.
Past grant winners have included towns, a local library, schools, parks departments and social services organizations. Many of the organizations that are awarded grants use the funds to purchase recycling bins to begin new recycling programs or expand existing programs. Grant funds have also been used to purchase outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic or to purchase durable dinnerware to eliminate use of disposable plates and flatware. Since 2006, the District has awarded nearly $200,000 through the Community Grants Program.
Lenn Detwiler, the District’s Executive Director said, “The District’s grant program continues to be a great way to inspire local organizations to think differently about the waste they produce. Grant award winners ultimately implement changes that reduce the amount of waste they generate or provide education and hands-on experience to the individuals that they impact.”
The Grant Program Guidelines document (which includes examples of approvable projects) and the Grant Application are available on the District’s website at HendricksSolidWaste.com.
For questions or a hardcopy of the above mentioned paperwork please contact Lenn Detwiler at 858-6070 or via email at Ldetwiler@HendricksSolidWaste.com.