Recycling grants

Building Opportunities to Maximize Waste Diversion and Create Jobs in Colorado
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.

In an effort to work toward achieving 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:
(i) Increase the hauling capacity of existing programs to divert materials from the landfill, such as purchasing trucks, trailers, or roll-off containers. 
(ii) 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. 
(iii) 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. 
(iv) Expand end-markets for recycled products and material reuse in Colorado. 
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, but doesn’t address any of the Tier 1 priorities listed above. 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.
A total of $2.7 million is available to fund multiple projects.
Schedule of Activities
Timeline Time Date
1. RFA Published 5:00 p.m. MST January 3, 2018
2. Q&A Round 1: Deadline for applicants to suibmit written inquiries. 3:00 p.m. MST January 17, 2018
3. Q&A Round 1: Answers to written inquiries published. 5:00 p.m. MST January 22, 2018
4. Q&A Round 2: Deadline for applicant to submit written inquiries prior to pre-application conference. 3:00 p.m. MST January 31, 2018
5. Pre-Application Conference (responses to Q&A Round 2 will be shared). 9:00 a.m. until
12:00 p.m. MST
Februrary 5, 2018
6. Minutes from Pre-Application Conference published. 5:00 p.m. MST Februrary 7, 2018
7. Q&A Round 3: Deadline for applications to submit questions not addressed at the Pre-Application conference. 3:00 p.m. MST February 16, 2018
8. Q&A Round 3: Answers to written inquiries published. 5:00 p.m. MST February 21, 2018
9. Application submittal deadline 3:00 p.m. MST March 2, 2018
10. Review committee issues questions to finalists via email, if applicable. 5:00 p.m. MDT April 11, 2018
11. Deadline to respond to questions from the review committee, if applicable. 3:00 p.m. MDT April 18, 2018
12. Estimated Notification of Award. N/A May 1, 2018
13. Estimated contract start date. N/A July 1, 2018


Application Documents
These documents will require Adobe® Acrobat™ Reader and Microsoft® Word™ 2007 or later.

Request for Applications (.PDF)

Attachment A: Cover Sheet & Signature Page
Attachment B: Work Plan
Attachment C: Project Budget & Narrative
Attachment D: Pre-Award Financial Risk Assessement Questionnaire
Attachment E: Volume-to-Weight Conversion Table
Attachment F: Application Submittal Checklist

ALL inquiries must be submitted in writing (see schedule of activities for deadline information) to: