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 13, 2017. 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 the end of the day on November 14. 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 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 4, 2017 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 $46,500 to 8 waste reduction programs on January 12, 2017 as part of the Resource Conservation Division’s Community Outreach Program for 2017.
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 2017:

Planet Bluegrass – $8,500 Planet Bluegrass is expanding their sustainable, re-useable plate program. They hope to revolutionize large event food service by introducing reusable dishes rather than single-use articles.

Center for Resource Conservation – $3,500 The Center for Resource Conservation will replace tools in their Tool Library that have reached the end of their useful lives.

Community Cycles – $5,000 Community Cycles will expand their work county-wide through the use of a trailer, modifications to their van to allow them to haul a trailer with the van, and additional sorting bins for use in their bike shop/bicycle recycling and re-use center.

Town of Nederland – $5,000 The Town of Nederland will deconstruct its old Town Shop as a pilot for construction and demolition recycling, and showcase the town’s zero waste efforts.

City of Longmont – $3,000 The City of Longmont will conduct a waste sort and survey in the fourth quarter of 2017. The data collected through the sort and survey will provide valuable information on the success of the first six months of the new curbside composting program.

Boulder Valley School District – $10,000 BVSD Food Services will implement the LeanPath 360 Tracker System, a food waste reduction system, in their three production kitchens. Implementing this system will allow them to actively monitor the food being thrown away by each employee and the reason for its disposal. Through the compiled data, they will be able to target waste reduction strategies among their employees and reduce their pre-consumer waste amounts and food costs.

Fruit Rescue – $8,500 Fruit Rescue is organizing the planning and delivery of Volunteer Harvest Coordinator Trainings, so that the number of harvests they can organize is not limited by paid coordinator time, thus allowing for more neighborhoods to be reached in 2017 and food waste from fruit trees to be minimized.

Bridge House – $3,000 Bridge House will make their Community Table program as close to zero waste as possible by developing processes that ensure materials are disposed of properly, educate and train Community Table staff and volunteers on the zero waste program, and implement metrics to measure compliance.

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