Recycling grants

Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program Mini-Grants for Equipment, Supplies, Information & Outreach Materials
The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Grant Program exists to fund projects that lead to new opportunities to divert waste from the landfill and create jobs. As funding opportunities for infrastructure development through the RREO Grant Program have grown more complex over time, the intent of this solicitation is to offer “mini-grants” through a simplified application process for small-scale projects that meet the goals of the RREO Grant Program. Proposals will be accepted from applicants who have a need for equipment, supplies, and/or informational and outreach materials that will be used to support a new or existing recycling, organics, reuse, or waste reduction program.
In an effort to achieve sustainable behavior change in individuals, the RREO mini-grant encourages applicants to integrate principles of Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) into project plans. CBSM maintains that the creation of long-term or permanent behavioral change involves person-to-person contact and counters the argument that using media alone to provide information will result in substantial change. Employing concepts drawn from social psychology, CBSM defines clear steps to accomplishing lasting and quantifiable change in human behavior. For more information about CBSM, visit our website:
For information about previously awarded mini-grants, visit the RREO Mini Grant Project Summaries page.
Budget and Funding Period
A total of $475,000 is available for this funding opportunity. The maximum amount of funds an applicant can request is $25,000. The minimum amount that can be requested is $5,000. It is anticipated that awardees will have approval to make purchases per their project budget on February 1, 2019. Grantees must spend their full grant award by June 30, 2019. 
1. Public and government agencies.
2. Universities and schools.
3. For-profit businesses.
4. Nonprofit organizations. 
Schedule of Activities
Grant opportunity published on CDPHE Recycling Grants page.
October 9, 2018
Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries. Submit all inquiries by
email to Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt at No questions will be accepted after this deadline.
3:00 p.m. MDT
October 23, 2018
Answers to written inquiries published on CDPHE Recycling Grants page.
5:00 p.m. MDT
October 25, 2018
Application submission deadline.
3:00 p.m. MDT
November 9, 2018
Estimated notification of award.
December 20, 2018
Estimated project state date.
February 1, 2019
State Requirements
How to Apply
Electronic applications must be submitted via the RREO Program’s application portal. To start a new application, visit the RREO 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 visiting the RREO Portal landing page.
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 problems with the application portal, or you are unable to submit your application online, please contact:
Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt
(303) 692-3641
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.