Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Education and Outreach Grants


The objective of the grant program is to improve the effectiveness of residential and community recycling programs through public education and outreach.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Public Law 117-58, Section 70402
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible entities (specified in the IIJA): U.S. States, including the District of Columbia; States includes any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any agency or instrumentality thereof exclusive of local governments; Units of local government as defined in 2 CFR 200.1; Federally recognized tribal governments (including Alaskan Native Villages and Alaskan Native Corporations); Native Hawaiian organizations; Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Non-profit organizations as defined in 2 CFR 200.1; Public-private partnerships. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Regarding pre-application assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
For competitive awards, please refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for application deadline information.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005).
Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to [EPA's] priorities, and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance may be used for projects that inform the public about residential or community recycling programs; provide information about the recycled materials that are accepted as part of a residential or community recycling program that provides for the separate collection of residential solid waste from recycled material; and increase collection rates and decrease contamination in residential and community recycling programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting requirements and frequency will be determined at time of award.
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and cooperative agreements records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of final expenditure reports as required by 2 CFR 200.334. If questions, such as those raised because of audits remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will normally be funded on a yearly basis. The total approved project period is generally no longer than three years but may be extended. Assistance under this program can be awarded in various ways but will usually be awarded through annual incremental funding.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jessica Oursler
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 5306T)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-566-2824
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $30,000,000.00; FY 21$0.00; - (IIJA Obligation)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average of financial assistance for awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement, as amounts awarded vary. In FY24, it is anticipated that a total of $30 million will be awarded to eligible applicants. EPA anticipates there will be approximately 25 awards made ranging from $250,000 to $2,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 1500 (EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards); 40 CFR Part 33 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in United States Environmental Protection Agency Programs); 40 CFR Part 35 Sub Part A (Environmental Program Grants) or Sub Part B (Environmental Program Grants for Tribes).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 There will not be projects funded during fiscal year 2023. In fiscal year 2023 we focused on releasing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and reviewing applications. In Fiscal Year 2024 and succeeding years we will focus on facilitating waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting education and outreach activities that will ultimately increase participation in recycling and composting programs and reduce contamination in the recycling stream.


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