ecomaine announced its call for proposals for the organization’s 2020-2021 round of Recycling Grants, which are designed to raise recycling awareness in schools and communities, and to help schools implement more efficient recycling programs or add composting to their waste collection. As Maine’s pioneer of single-sort recycling and provider of waste-to-energy solutions, ecomaine is pleased to announce that any school from its 70 member communities can apply for Recycling Grants through October 30, 2020.

“This year is obviously proving to be a tough one for all of us – especially schools and students,” said Caleb Hemphill, Chair of ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Committee.  “It is ecomaine’s hope that this funding can help maintain some of the important programming around recycling, compost, and waste reduction that we’ve seen in our schools.  We’re looking forward to seeing some creative proposals in 2020-21.”

Past grant proposals have ranged from purchasing in-school recycling bins or education materials to offsetting compost hauling fees, assisting schools to participate in tours of ecomaine, or purchasing electric hand driers to reduce paper towel waste. If selected, school recipients can receive up to $5,000 of $25,000 in available grant funds for the 2020-21 school year. Awardees are chosen based on the following criteria:

(1) Project outline and school commitment

(2) Ease of project replication

(3) Likelihood of success and program sustainability

(4) How compelling and worthy the funding is

Following the October 30 deadline, proposals will be reviewed by ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Committee, and recipients will be notified by mid-November.

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