Front Range Waste Diversion Grant Program

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, or “forward”) program and enterprise fund was approved by the Colorado state legislature in 2019, and collects funds from an increase in user fees at Front Range landfill to provide grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction.
Request for Applications now available

RFA #31245: Advancing Front Range Communities Up The “Zero Waste Ladder”

To promote community-based waste diversion, the board recognizes how important it is to meet each community where they are, and help them move up the rungs of the “Zero Waste Ladder”. We are currently accepting applications for projects that advance community-based diversion programs.

Download the RFA document for complete information. To get started, create a new application for RFA #31245 or log in to your Blackbaud account to access a previously started application.

Applications are due no later than 3:00 pm on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Written Questions and Answers from Round 1 are now available. The final opportunity to submit written inquiries about this RFA is by 3:00 pm on Monday, July 20, 2020.


The FRWD enterprise consists of the FRWD board of directors and department administrative staff at CDPHE. The board of directors was appointed and held their first meeting in November 2019, in advance of the user fee increase at Front Range landfills in January 2020. Over the last several months, the board has engaged in a careful and deliberative planning process to yield a bold strategic plan and craft the vision and mission for the program. The three-year strategic plan identifies goals in three focus areas:

  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Municipal solid waste (including organics and recycling).
  • Non-municipal solid waste (focusing on construction and demolition debris). 

Download the FRWD Strategic Plan and the FRWD program announcement flier

With the major planning work under our belt, the board's first activity is to initiate a research study for a comprehensive data survey and recommendations for improving Colorado’s diversion data. This survey will assist the board for years to come in setting goals and improving our ability to make data-informed decisions. Concurrently, we are seeking grant proposals in order to award our first grants funds.