Community Outreach Program Zero Waste Funding
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Zero Waste Funding


The Boulder County Resource Conservation Division (RCD) distributes $50,000 as part of its Zero Waste Funding Program.
Please submit any questions via email to obtain clarification of requirements concerning this funding opportunity on or before November 21st, 2016. No inquiries will be accepted after this date. Send all inquiries to: Leigh Ratterman

Responses to inquiries will be published on the Zero Waste Funding Website by the end of the day on November 22nd. Applicants are not to rely on any other statements that alter any specification or other term or condition of this funding opportunity.

The minimum funding amount available for a project is $1,000 with a maximum of $10,000. Local governments, non-profit organizations, school districts, schools, private companies and individuals may apply as long as the scope of work is in Boulder County or the City and County of Broomfield and insurance requirements are met.

Application & Forms

Applications are now being accepted. Proposals must be received at the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division office by Monday, December 5, 2016 by 12 Noon to be considered.

Successful Applications from a Prior Year (for example)

Eligibility Requirements and Project Criteria

Zero Waste Funding projects provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to participate in Boulder county’s vision of becoming a zero waste community. The details of this vision are outlined in the Boulder County Zero Waste Action Plan. In addition to programs supported in prior years, programs with an emphasis on resource diversion (tons diverted from landfill) for businesses, residents and government buildings are encouraged to apply. The county will also accept and consider applications for programs that fall outside of this limited focus.

Established in 1997, this funding has awarded more than one million dollars for education and infrastructure initiatives that promote waste reduction and diversion.

For More Information

For inquiries or clarification of this program, contact Leigh Ratterman, Zero Waste Sustainability Specialist

Award Recipients

The Boulder County Board of County Commissioners awarded $47,300 to 8 waste reduction programs on Feb. 4 as part of the Resource Conservation Division’s Community Outreach Program for 2016.
Established in 1997, the Boulder County Zero Waste Funding program has awarded more than $1 million for education and infrastructure initiatives which promote waste reduction and diversion.

Programs funded for 2016:

Town of Nederland – $5,000
The Town of Nederland will begin a project that will provide recycling containers and educational programs throughout Nederland town buildings, which will increase correct participation in the town’s recycling efforts.

One-Way, Inc. – $10,000
The funds from this grant will enable One Way, Inc. to outfit a small truck which will increase capacity for recycling in mountain communities throughout Boulder County.

Center for Resource Conservation – $5,000
The Center for Resource Conservation will purchase a new trailer to increase the amount of construction and demolition recycling opportunities throughout Boulder County.

Boulder County Public Health – $10,000
Boulder County Public Health aims to increase safety and sustainability of needle sharps and biohazard waste disposal for the Works Program; a harm reduction program for people who engage in injection drug use.

Eco-Cycle Business Recycling – $6,175
This project will help businesses comply with the City of Boulder’s Universal Zero Waste Ordinance. This project will be geared toward the collection of compostable material from businesses located in heavily concentrated areas of the city-facing space constrains.

Eco-Cycle Signage – $4,000
Funds will be used to improve identification of the 6400 Arapahoe site by creating a welcoming gateway, and provide better on-site navigation for new visitors to the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) and ReSource programs.

Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility – $3,050
This grant will provide the preliminary infrastructure necessary to significantly increase the waste diversion of controlled substances and needle sharps at the Boulder County HMMF

Community Cycles – $4,075
Community Cycles will increase awareness of bicycle recycling, as well as other zero-waste options, through a countywide education campaign, coupled with bicycle collection events.

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