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 September 14, 2018. No inquiries will be accepted after this date. Send all inquiries to: Cody Lillstrom

Responses to inquiries will be published on the Zero Waste Funding Website by September 19, 2018. 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, and private companies may apply as long as the scope of work is in Boulder County 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 Friday, October 5, 2018 by 2 p.m. to be considered.

Successful Applications from a Prior Year (for example)

Eligibility Requirements and Project Criteria

Zero Waste Funding projects provide an opportunity for, 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 Cody Lillstrom, Zero Waste Program Manager,

Award Recipients

The Boulder County Board of County Commissioners awarded $50,000 to 9 waste reduction programs in January 2018 as part of the Resource Conservation Division’s Zero Waste Funding Program. 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 2018:

City of Longmont – $9,000 to support implementation of recycling infrastructure and education at two St. Vrain Valley School sports fields. Currently, there are no options for recycling at the sports fields, which generate significant waste throughout the year during sporting events.

Colorado Recovery – $1,550 to purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher so they can move from disposable dishware to reusable, and provide vocational training for their clients.

Planet Bluegrass – $8,000 to expand their Reusable Plate Program to include utensils and additional reusable dishware, and to create an educational outreach program to enable the audience and fellow event organizers to replicate the Reusable Plate Program.

KGNU – $10,000 to create a “Zero Waste Radio Series and Public Education Media Campaign.” The project will include a public education media campaign that will provide weekly public service announcements (PSA) to be aired on KGNU in English and Spanish.

Vessel Revolution – $5,000 to roll out a citywide launch of a reusable mug program in Boulder in 2018/2019. The funds will be used to build infrastructure and test drop off sites for reusable mugs that will be located in public and private spaces throughout Boulder.

Town of Lyons – $8,000 to purchase bear-proof recycling containers to expand the public recycling opportunities in the downtown area.

City of Lafayette – $1,690 to support zero waste efforts at the monthly Art Night Out event.

Art Parts – $2,951 to expand the capacity and efficiency of their intake process.

Ascent Community Church – $3,809 to purchase recycling containers to improve diversion from the landfill.

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