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Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program

Request for Applications (RFA) #29717

Title: Building Opportunities to Maximize Waste Diversion and Create Jobs in Colorado

RFA #29717 Round One answers to written inquiries are now available.

Request for Applications

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund implementation projects that lead to 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, we have 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 tier.

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 of 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.
  • Build on a regional study funded by RREO or another source. These projects will implement improvements, in a specific geographic area, to optimize waste diversion activities as specified in study conclusions.
  • Expand collection programs that support food rescue and minimize food waste.

Tier 2

Applies to any of the project types listed in Tier 1 above, but grant dollars are requested to cover personal services costs in the project budget.

Budget and Funding Period

Approximately $2 million is available to fund multiple projects.


  • Private sector entities (for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations) that are registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office as doing business in Colorado.
  • Public and government agencies, including but not limited to special districts and intergovernmental partnerships.
  • Public or private schools, colleges, and universities.

Schedule of Activities

Schedule of Activities Timeline
RFA published on the Recycling Grants website (this page).
5:00 P.M. MST
January 3, 2020
Q and A Round 1: Deadline for Applicants to submit written inquiries.
3:00 P.M. MST
January 17, 2020
Q and A Round 1: Answers to written inquiries published on the Recycling Grants website (this page).
5:00 P.M. MST
January 22, 2020
Q and A Round 2: Deadline for Applicants to submit written inquiries.
3:00 P.M. MST
January 31, 2020
Q and A Round 2: Answers to written inquiries published on the Recycling Grants website (this page).
5:00 P.M. MST
February 5, 2020
Q and A Round 3: Deadline for Applicants to submit questions not addressed at the pre-
application conference
3:00 P.M. MST
February 12, 2020
Q and A Round 3: Answers to written inquiries published on the Recycling Grants website (this page).
5:00 P.M. MST
February 17, 2020
Application submittal deadline.
3:00 P.M. MST
February 26, 2020
Estimated notification of award.
May 15, 2020
Estimated contract effective date.
July 15, 2020

State Requirements

How to Apply

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. You can also return to a previously saved application.
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 encounter trouble with the application portal or if you are unable to submit your application online, please contact:
Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt
(303) 692-3641
Applications submitted 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 the 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

Clearly identify your inquiries with:
  • RFA Number.
  • RFA Title.
  • Define your inquiry by referencing the section number and paragraph number within this document, or by referencing the section of the application template.
Responses to applicant inquiries will be published as outlined in the Schedule of Activities by close of business on the date indicated.