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 2019: 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.
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 CFDA to Tribes and Inter-Tribal Consortia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Nonprofits need to provide proof of their status.
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. Discussion with EPA Headquarters or the appropriate EPA Regional Office is advisable. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for list of Regional Contacts). Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts".
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 Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at:
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, proposals, and/or submissions 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 Request for Applications (RFA) or Request for Proposals (RFP).
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E. Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
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. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website:
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance Monitoring is required under this program.
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.
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised during the three year project period as a result of an audit, related records should be retained 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 3 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.
Headquarters Office
Lynn Beasley
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 5305P)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 703-308-0012
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$500,000.00; FY 19 est $100,000.00; FY 20 FY 17 est $500,000.00; FY 16$463,500.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$10,000 to $50,000/FY 19
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General Grant Regulations and Procedures, Environmental Protection Agency 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available.


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