EPA Consumer Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program

Posted: January 19, 2023

Deadline: February 15, 2023

Grantor: US Environmental Protection Agency

Additional Information

This program focuses on improving the effectiveness of residential and community recycling and composting programs through public education and outreach. The deadline was extended from 1/16 to 2/15.

Consumer Recycling Education and Outreach Request for Applications

Projects funded through the grant program will:

  • Inform the public about residential or community recycling or composting programs.
  • Provide information about the materials that are accepted as part of residential or community recycling or composting programs.
  • Increase collection rates and decrease contamination across the nation.

Materials within the scope of this grant program include commonly recycled materials, such as aluminum and steel containers, glass, cardboard paper, and plastics, as well as food, organics (yard and tree trimmings, wood, etc.), textiles, batteries, and electronics. Also within the scope of this grant program are education and outreach activities that prevent or reduce waste by reducing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing, recycling, composting, or using anaerobic digestor systems to treat these types of materials or to reduce related contamination.


As described in the Consumer Recycling Education and Outreach Request for Applications, projects will be funded under two tracks:

  • Track 1: Projects that benefit disadvantaged communities as defined in the RFA. EPA anticipates approximately 40% (or $12,000,000) of the funding will be awarded to projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. 
  • Track 2: Projects that benefit all other communities that do not meet the definition of disadvantaged communities.

In addition, 20% (or $6,000,000), will be awarded to low income, rural, and Native American communities, in compliance with section 70402(d)(2) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Awards for this statutory set-aside may be made from either Track 1 or Track 2 applicants.


No matching funds are required under this competition. However, EPA will evaluate applications based on a leveraging crtierion.


November 30, 2022; Watch a recording of this webinar. | EPA Presentation Slides (pdf)

December 15, 2022: Watch a recording of this webinar. | EPA presentation slides in English (pdf)


If you have questions about the grants, email RecyclingEd@epa.gov.

EPA Region 4 (Southeast) Contacts

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