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 opportunities and application guidelines are listed below. Please contact the appropriate staff person if you have additional questions.
  • 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 2021 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program is now closed. A copy of the 2021 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 2020-21 grant funding closed on December 3, 2020. A copy of the request for proposals (RFP) for the now-closed grant 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.

  • COVID-19 Relief Grant Program - Closed
    This special grant program provided funding to purchase equipment and/or resources to support residential recycling programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period closed at 5 p.m on Friday, October 30th. A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) may be downloaded for informational purposes by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). 

  • Backyard Composting Grant Program - Closed
    This special grant program provided funding for local governments to promote and implement backyard composting for their residents. The application period closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30th. A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) may be downloaded for informational purposes by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). 

  • Regional Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program - Closed
    This special grant program provided funding to construct or upgrade a material recovery facility (MRF) or recycling transfer station that serves 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. The funding period is closed for 2020 and the program will be reevaluated for additional funding in 2021.  A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) may be downloaded for informational purposes by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). For more information or assistance please contact Matt James at (919) 707-8133.

Grant Application Forms

Successful grant applicants are required to provide a Conflict of Interest Policy which will be included as a grant contract attachment. Local governments may use the state's Conflict of Interest Policy Template or, if applicable, submit a copy of the local government's existing Conflict of Interest Policy. 

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.