Grants for Local Governments

The N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) administers the Solid Waste Outreach Program including associated funds for making grants to local governments in support of waste reduction efforts. Local governments interested in these grants are encouraged to check this website periodically for updates. Please be aware that funding levels, contract periods and eligibility requirements vary between the different grant programs. Current and recent RFPs or application guidelines are listed below. Please contact the appropriate staff person if you have additional questions.
  • COVID-19 Relief Grant Program - Accepting Applications
    Limited grant funding is available to purchase equipment and/or resources to support residential recycling programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants include local governments or private recycling businesses. Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funding is available, and applicants should speak with a DEACS representative about viable grant projects before submitting.  Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). For more information or assistance please contact Sandy Skolochenko at (919) 707-8147 or Matt James at (919) 707-8133.

  • Backyard Composting Grant Program - Accepting Applications
    Limited grant funding is available to assist local governments with the promotion and implementation of backyard composting for their residents. DEACS recognizes that backyard composting is a key component of waste reduction and creates a valuable soil amendment from food scraps and yard waste. Funding is available to help purchase backyard compost bins, vermicompost bins or kitchen totes and to conduct education and outreach about backyard composting. Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funding is available. Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). For more information or assistance please contact Emily Burnett at (919) 707-8121 or Matt James at (919) 707-8133.

  • Regional Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program - Accepting Applications
    Grant funding is available to construct or upgrade a material recovery facility (MRF) or recycling transfer station that will serve more than one local government residential recycling program across multiple counties. Eligible applicants include local governments or private recycling businesses who are partnering with local governments. Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funding is available, and applicants should speak with a DEACS representative about viable grant projects before submitting.  Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). For more information or assistance please contact Matt James at (919) 707-8133.

  • Community Waste Reduction and Recycling (CWRAR) Grant Program - Closed
    This recurring annual grant program provides funding to public recycling programs for projects that help communities build lasting capacity to divert materials from the waste stream and / or increase public awareness of recycling. This grant cycle is timed to correspond with local government budget cycles. A Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is released every fall and applications are due in February. Grant winners are typically notified in April and funds become available on July 1st. The application period for the 2020 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program is now closed. A copy of the 2020 RFP may be downloaded for informational purposes by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). For more information or assistance please contact Sandy Skolochenko at (919) 707-8147. 

  • Abandoned Manufactured Home (AMH) Grant Program – Closed
    A limited amount of grant funding is available to assist North Carolina counties with implementing and operating AMH Clean-up Programs. The application period for FY 2019-20 grant funding closed on December 3, 2019. A copy of the request for proposals (RFP) for the now-closed ground round can be downloaded for informational purposes from the following links (PDF) (Word). For more information or assistance please contact David Hance at (919) 707-8122, or visit the AMH Grant Program website.

Grant Final Reports

As a condition set forth of each of the above grant programs, any North Carolina municipality, county, council of government and solid waste authority that receives a reimbursement grant shall submit a final report to the DEACS grant manager prior to the end of the grant contract. Each grant program requires specific information be included in the associated final report. Please see the following guidance documents for assistance in preparing final reports.

Related Grants

DEACS also makes grant funds available for private sector (for profit) and nonprofit recycling organizations.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides financial assistance for the collection/recycling of used agricultural pesticide jugs and unused pesticides.