Solid Waste Management Assistance Grants


To promote use of integrated solid waste management systems to solve solid waste generation and management problems at the local, regional and national levels. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2023: Partnerships - Establishing and developing partnerships with states, local governments and other non-profit organizations to assist them in advancing their waste management programs, including recycling and reduction of wastes, appropriate management of wastes that are generated, and developing integrated waste management plans. Education and Outreach - Developing and providing education, training, and outreach materials to educate and inform Americans about waste's impact on resource and energy use and pollution. Fostering a better understanding of the environmental ramifications of collective actions including how individual purchasing and manufacturing decisions are connected to the environment and to enable Americans to make better choices resulting in increased recycling, less waste and greater energy savings.

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
Fiscal Year 2016 For fiscal year 16, 3 projects are expected to be awarded. Quantifiable data on the number and ratio of past applications not available. For fiscal year 16, 2 projects were awarded. Quantifiable data on the number and ratio of past applications not available.
Fiscal Year 2017 For fiscal year 17, 3 projects are expected to be awarded. Quantifiable data on the number and ratio of past applications not available.
Fiscal Year 2018 For fiscal year 18, 3 projects are expected to be awarded. Quantifiable data on the number and ratio of past applications not available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Program policy developed for distribution to states.
Fiscal Year 2022 For accomplishments associated with this assistance listing, please visit:
Fiscal Year 2023 Examples of accomplishments include engaging stakeholders in the food business and food recovery sectors in the a major U.S. city throughout 2021 and 2022. Interviews with restaurants, caterers, and food rescue organizations provided insight into existing successful food donation partnerships and the barriers to further donation-program implementation. Input from interviews, a focus group meeting, a survey, and a final round of outreach, informed the recommendations and opportunities for the city to consider, regarding wasted food solutions for the city.
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands), local, Tribal, interstate, and intrastate government agencies and instrumentalities, and non-profit organizations that are not 501(c)(4) organizations that lobby, including non-profit educational institutions and non-profit hospitals. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible. 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. Additionally, EPA may limit competition under this assistance listing to Tribes and Inter-Tribal Consortia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments, Tribes, U.S. territories and possessions, the public, and interstate agencies.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," applies to this assistance listing when proposed Federal financial assistance involves land use planning or construction associated with demonstration projects. EPA financial assistance programs and activities subject to intergovernmental review that are subject to review under State single point of contact procedures are identified at Applicants for programs or activities subject to Intergovernmental Review that are not subject to State single point of contact review must provide directly affected State, areawide, regional, and local entities at least 60 days to review their application following notification by EPA that the application has been selected for funding as provided by 40 CFR 29.8(a) and (c). Regarding pre-application assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, 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 as "Information Contacts" in the competitive announcement or the appropriate EPA Regional Office.
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
EPA reviews each application. They shall be subjected to administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and program evaluation criteria to determine the merit and relevance of the project. 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, deadlines will be specified in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 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).
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Available for the allowable direct cost expenditures incident to program performance plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institution, in accordance with established EPA policies. Projects can include the following types of activities: training, surveys, education materials and programs, studies, and demonstrations; assistance to such projects shall not include any element of construction, or any acquisition of land or interest in land, or any subsidy for the price of recovered resources.
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 12-month basis (yearly). The total approved project period is generally no longer than three years. Assistance under this program can be awarded in various ways, but will usually be awarded in lump sum or annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office. For regional office locations, please visit:
Headquarters Office
Hope Pillsbury
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: Mail Code: 5306T)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-566-0292
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$2,815,650.00; FY 23 est $173,351.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$2,814,703.00; FY 20$5,831,654.00; FY 19$110,000.00; FY 18$500,000.00; FY 17 est $500,000.00; FY 16$463,500.00; -
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 by competitive announcement. In FY22, individual awards were up to $200,000; in FY23, individual awards were up to $100,000, depending on the notice of funding opportunity.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 and 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 45 (EPA Training Assistance).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2022 A few examples of the types of projects funded under this assistance listing include: installing equipment to increase digester capacity, hosting community education/outreach tours, and developing a case study for this demonstration project; advancing the co-digestion of food waste in small scale farm digesters , including an AD co-digestion demonstration project with research components, partnerships with entities to secure food waste feedstocks, and extensive education and outreach efforts; creating a technical and educational assistance center focused on helping AD facilities interested in creating, expanding, or fully utilizing its capacity and the accompanying biogas and digestate; working with stakeholders to complete a food waste to fuel feasibility study.
Fiscal Year 2023 An example funded project is one to improve food waste reduction and recovery in a major U.S. city. The recipient used a stakeholder engagement process to identify tactics and resources that will be of value to local businesses. They also developed messaging to foster the growth of food donations locally.


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