Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants

Massachusetts Department of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Predicted deadline: Jun 10, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $250,000

Fields of work: Waste Management

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants offer funding to cities, towns and regional entities - as well as certain non-profit organizations that provide services to them - for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal.

Note: While many categories of projects are offered through this opportunity, this page covers Section 8: Waste Reduction Projects, the only category for which nonprofit applicants are eligible. 

Overview: Section 8 - Waste Reduction Projects (WRP)

MassDEP is offering grants for local and regional projects in the categories: Waste Reductio. Successful proposals will be innovative, have value as a potential model, include a methodology for measuring results and will assist the Commonwealth in meeting its solid waste diversion goals. Projects must serve residents, businesses, public agencies, schools/institutions, or some combination thereof.

Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to contact MassDEP staff to discuss proposals prior to submitting their application.

Waste Reduction Projects (WRP) are initiatives that will expand the scope or effectiveness of recycling, composting, reuse or household hazardous waste programs and have a grant request of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000, with one exception: Applicants seeking funds to establish a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center may request up to $250,000. Applicants for HHW Centers must commit to operating the collection center at least one weekend day per month, eight months of the year for at least five years.

Use of Funds (WRP)

Funds may be used for equipment, capital costs, outreach/education, professional services (e.g. legal, engineering, design) and new personnel (consultants, contractors or staff that will dedicate additional hours to the project). Applicants whose projects are selected for funding will enter into a contract with MassDEP; project work must generally be completed within two years of the contract start date. If the applicant is a non-profit, use of grant funds for capital expenditures may be restricted to rolling stock. Grant monies are provided on a reimbursement basis. Funds may not be used for the daily management/operation of existing programs and services (e.g. salaries, capital replacement costs). Funds may be used for operating expenses in a pilot program, but only when the expenses exceed normal operating costs. A maximum of 15% of awarded funds may be used for engineering, design or other non-capital expenditures unless otherwise approved by MassDEP.

Eligible Projects (WRP)

  • Establishment of new, or expansion of existing collection centers for recycling, materials reuse, household hazardous waste and/or other source separated materials;
  • Source separated food waste (organics) collection programs that are operated or managed by the municipality and which serve commercial generators (restaurants, hotels, institutions, etc.);
  • Programs to divert source separated textiles, carpet, film plastics, surplus building materials, wasted food, furniture, wood, mattresses, household hazardous waste and other difficult-to-recycle materials;
  • Innovative education and outreach strategies to increase public participation in reuse, recycling, composting, and waste reduction programs.
  • MassDEP is particularly interested in projects that advance reuse, repair, and remanufacturing activities to extend the lifespan of existing products and materials and reduce consumption of newly manufactured products. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following entities are eligible to apply for one or more categories within this grant application.
    • Individual Massachusetts municipalities
    • Regional governmental entities with legislative authorization may apply for certain grants on behalf of their Massachusetts member municipalities and residents.
      • This category of applicants may include regional planning authorities, regional solid waste districts, and regional recycling cooperatives.
    • Non-profit organizations organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General, Non-Profit/Public Charities Division may apply for Waste Reduction Projects (Section 8) that will assist Massachusetts municipalities and residents.
      • Proposals submitted by non-profits (WRP only) must identify a municipal partner(s) and discuss how the municipality will benefit from the project. Support letters must be provided by municipal partners. 


  • Funds may not be used for the daily management/operation of existing programs and services (e.g. salaries, capital replacement costs).

This page was last reviewed June 12, 2020 and last updated June 12, 2020