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Public Space Recycling Grants

In-Kind Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools,
Tribes, IHEs, and Agencies for Recycling Receptacles

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful (KAB)

Deadline Date:

12/30/18 11:59 PM EST


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In-kind grants of recycling receptacles in public spaces to USA nonprofits, government agencies, religious organizations, K-12 schools, IHEs and tribal governments. The grant program was designed to support local community environmental initiatives by supplying recipients with recycling bins for beverage containers.

While most Americans have access to recycling in their homes, finding recycling bins in downtown areas, athletic fields, venues and other “public spaces” can be a challenge. As we increasing live “on-the-go” lifestyles, research and common sense tell us that people are less likely to recycle if they don’t have a convenient opportunity to do it. The Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program is designed to help communities overcome this barrier by providing recycling bins in public spaces and promoting the idea that recycling is an activity we do wherever our daily routine takes us.

How It Works:
The grant program awards actual recycling bins to schools, government agencies, colleges and other community organizations on a competitive basis. Interested parties complete an online application, designating the style and number of bins they would like and explaining how and where they would use the bins. Keep America Beautiful selects recipients based on the merits of their proposal according to several criteria including need and the potential to recover the greatest amount of recyclables. Keep America Beautiful then works with its vendors to arrange delivery of the bins at no cost to the grant recipients. In addition to the free bins awarded through the grant, all applicants are extended the opportunity to purchase additional recycling bins and related accessories at a special, discounted price.

The grant program typically receives a large number of applications and as a result is very competitive. All applications are ranked based on the following criteria, with the top candidates selected to receive grants.

- Need - Demonstrated need for recycling bins; Lack of resources to otherwise place bins.
- Increase Recycling - Likelihood to result in increased recycling of beverage containers and other recyclables.
- Planning and Organization - Recycling plan is based on a close understanding of the need and a well thought out implementation strategy to ensure its success.
- Well Organized Proposal - Application responses directly address questions in a concise manner, while providing relevant details needed to evaluate the proposal.
- Track Recyclables Collected - Reliability of plan to track quantity of recyclables collected in an accurate manner.

In addition to these critieria, extra credit is given for proposals will a grant to spur further expansion of recycling programs in public spaces and similar locations. For instance, a grant would be used to leverage matching investment to purchase additional recycling bins, or the project will serve as a pilot to leading to future expansion to other public spaces.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176168

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no fixed number of bins that can be requested, however, the typical award is generally between 15 and 100 bins. The actual number of bins awarded will be based on availability and need as determined in consultation with the recipients.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are offered to KAB affiliates, government and public agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, religious organizations, colleges & universities, K-12 schools and other community groups.

Grants are provided for use at locations in the United States. For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive grants.

The grant is primarily focused on beverage container recycling and does not provide bins specifically designed for trash or other non-container recyclables.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are accepted once a year during a month-long application period. The 2018 grant application period kicks off on 2018 America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and extends through Dec. 30 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Applicants should provide the total number of bins needed and indicate on the form whether they are willing to accept a smaller award. You may request one type of bin only.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions about the program and application process can be sent to:
Isaac Nicholson

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