SWACO is working hard to make central Ohio a leader by turning up the volume on issues involving diversion and waste reduction, and providing program grants to put it into action.
SWACO offers two types of funding through the SWACO Grants Program.
- Event Waste Reduction Grants
– Applications are being accepted now through February 17, 2017
- Community Waste Reduction Grants
– Applications for 2018 will be available in the summer of 2017
Opportunities for 2017 Event Grant Funding Available Now
The Event Waste Reduction Grant Program was launched in 2015 and because of the program’s success, the grants awarded are expected to increase in 2017.
Applications for 2017 grants will be accepted through February 17 and will be awarded in March.
In 2016, a SWACO competitive grants program provided funding to five local event organizers and six communities.
- BREAD Festival
- Columbus Arts Festival
- Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival
- Dublin Irish Festival
- Green Columbus’ Earth Day Event at Columbus Commons
- Rock on the Range
The funding supported the diversion of nearly 27 tons of event-generated waste away from the landfill.
For complete details on the program click here
New Community Grants Benefit the Environment
The City of Westerville is just one example of a local community focused on waste reduction. SWACO’s Director of Innovation & Programs Kyle O'Keefe recently attended a Westerville City Council meeting to share information and excitement about the community grant awarded by SWACO.
Pictured from left to right, City of Westerville Management Assistant Kaitlin Grafmiller, Westerville City Director of Administrative Services Adam Maxwell, SWACO’s O’Keefe, and Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi.
Six grants were awarded to local communities for the 2016 to 2017 award cycle:
The City of Bexley was awarded a $29,000 SWACO grant to assist in the development of a Strategic Zero Waste Plan focused on residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors.
The Ohio History Connection was awarded a $22,140 SWACO grant to improve current recycling infrastructure and educational activities for employees and visitors at the Ohio History Center.
Goodwill Columbus was awarded a $21,564 SWACO grant to develop a new outlet store. The focus will be to divert more items from the landfill by adding reuse and recycling markets currently not unavailable at Goodwill. These include glass, ceramics, wood, furniture and books.
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank was awarded a $10,860 SWACO grant to be used to add new equipment and systems to further reduce food waste in Franklin County. This effort will help divert more edible food to the region’s emergency feeding network where it will be used to provide nourishing meals to those in need.
The City of Westerville was awarded a $5,128 SWACO grant to improve existing recycling efforts with a focus on public areas at city facilities.
The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) was awarded a $500 SWACO grant to implement waste reduction, recycling and reuse programs, and provide outreach and education to COAAA staff.
Additional community waste reduction grant applications will be accepted beginning in the summer of 2017.
For additional information on the SWACO Grants Program, click here