Recycling grants

Building Opportunities to Maximize Waste Diversion & Create Jobs in Colorado
Request for Applications #12515. 
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The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund implementation projects that lead to new opportunities to increase waste diversion as well as to create jobs.  Projects may focus on recycling, composting, waste minimization, anaerobic digestion, repurposing, or reuse for a wide variety of materials. The department intends to fund projects that are sustainable beyond the grant period, will enhance the financial viability of recycling, composting, reuse, and repurposing in Colorado by establishing new infrastructure, and will create new jobs in the state. Moreover, in August 2017, the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission adopted a resolution establishing statewide and regional waste diversion goals. We intend to fund projects that will help the state make meaningful progress toward achieving these goals.
To achieve the goals stated above, the department has developed a tiered system to prioritize the types of projects that will best help the state improve its waste diversion rate and create economic opportunities. Projects that meet the criteria in the first tier will be prioritized over those that meet the criteria in the second and third tiers. The tiers are outlined below.
Tier 1
Implement projects that do one or more of the following in no order of priority:
  • Increase the participation rate, material recovery rate, or hauling capacity of an existing program. For example, programs may be modified to incorporate a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) pricing structure or include commercial or multifamily housing recycling/composting service. Conducting community outreach on recycling or composting guidelines would be an essential component to the project’s scope.  
  • Reduce the amount of residual contamination and improve the quality of baled materials by installing additional sorting equipment at an existing material recovery facility, such as an optical sorter.
  • Install equipment and/or retrofit existing facilities that will create a safer and more efficient operation, including improvements in how materials are prepared for transport to end-markets, such as transitioning from a vertical baler to a horizontal baler. 
  • Expand end-markets for recycled products and material reuse in Colorado.
  • Expand collection programs that support food rescue and minimize food waste.
Any of the priorities listed above can be implemented as part of a comprehensive hub-and-spoke network or independently.
Tier 2
Implement projects that establish new local or regional infrastructure that directly results in increased levels of recycling, composting, and/or reuse to divert more materials from landfill disposal. Tier 2 projects may be part of a comprehensive hub-and-spoke network, but can also be implemented independently.  
Tier 3
Applies to any of the project types listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2 above, but grant dollars are requested to cover personal services costs in the project budget.
You can review previously awarded projects by visting the RREO Yearly Recyling Projects and Grants page.
Budget and Funding Period
Approximately $2.0 million is available to fund multiple projects. All projects are funded for a duration of one year, July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The term of the project may be shorter than 12 months if there are delays in executing a contract. For monitoring purposes, contracts may be in effect for up to 36 months as deemed necessary by the department; however, all funds must be spent and the project fully implemented by June 30, 2020. Any grant funds not spent by the awardee by June 30, 2020 will be forfeited.
  1. Public and government agencies
  2. Universities, colleges, and schools
  3. For-profit businesses
  4. Nonprofit organizations 
Schedule of Activities
RFA Published
5:00 p.m. MST 
January 3, 2019
Q&A Round 1: Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries.
5:00 p.m. MST
January 18, 2019
Q&A Round 1: Answers to written inquiries published.
5:00 p.m. MST
January 23, 2019
Pre-Application Conference (optional).
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MST
January 30, 2019
Minutes from pre-application conference published.
5:00 p.m. MST
February 4, 2019
Q&A Round 2: Deadline for applicants to submit questions not addressed at the pre-application conference.
3:00 p.m. MST
February 13, 2019
Q&A Round 2: Answers to written inquiries published.
5:00 p.m. MST
February 19, 2019
Application submittal deadline
3:00 p.m. MST
March 1, 2019
Review committee issues questions to finalists via email, if applicable.
5:00 p.m. MST
April 10, 2019
Deadline to respond to questions from the review committee, if applicable.
3:00 p.m. MST
April 17, 2019
Estimated notification of award.
May 1, 2019
Estimated contract effective date.
July 1, 2019
How to Apply
First, review the Request for Applications document below.
Electronic applications must be submitted via the RREO Program’s application portal. You will be prompted to create an account if you don't already have one.
Once you have created an account and started a new application, you may save it and return to it later by signing-in at the RREO Program’s application portal.
Applications must be received no later than the due date and time indicated in the schedule of activities. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. If you have problems with the application portal, or if you are unable to submit your application online, please contact:
Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt
(303) 692-3641
Note: Applications received electronically will receive a notification from "" confirming receipt. Please add this email address to your safe senders list to ensure spam filters do not delay or prevent delivery of important notifications. Notify the program contact if you have not received a confirmation within one business day of submitting your application.
Questions and Inquiries
Applicants may make written inquiries via email to obtain clarification on the scope, requirements and eligibility guidelines for this grant opportunity. Please refer to the Schedule of Activities for important deadlines. These types of inquiries will not be accepted by phone. Send inquiries to:
Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt
Responses to applicant inquiries will be published as outlined in the Schedule of Activities by close of business on the date indicated.
Round 1 Questions & Answers
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Round 2 Questions & Answers
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Round 3 Questions & Answers
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Send inquiries to or call (303) 692-3641.