DEP Accepting Applications for 2016 Environmental Education Grants
Applications are due by December 18
Harrisburg, PA – Projects and programs geared toward environmental education are now eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Environmental Education Grants. Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and businesses can to apply for the grants.
The grants provide funding to develop programs and projects that support environmental education about issues including:
- Sustainable Living: rain gardens, rain barrels, clean energy, radon protection, composting, and other related topics.
- Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Education: reducing non-point source pollution, abandoned mine drainage/reclamation, water conservation, private water wells, groundwater, and other related topics
- Air Quality: ground level ozone, climate change, transportation, and electric generation issues
- Brownfields: brownfield redevelopment and creating sustainable communities
- Energy: energy efficiency and conservation, as well as, school energy teams, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, and other clean energy sources and technologies
- Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP): schoolenergy teams to reduce school building’s energy use
- Climate Change: climate change and mitigation strategies
- Environmental Literacy: engage educators and stakeholders in content standards and field-based environmental education
- Environmental Education Certification: develop and implement institutionalized and community-based certification programs designed for teachers, naturalists, and educators working in schools and environmental education facilities
- Natural Landscaping and Trees: native plant landscaping, riparian buffers, and invasive plant management
- Connecting Children with Nature: immersive outdoor education
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, teacher professional development; curriculum integration; outdoor learning resources, such as trails, shelters, streamside plantings, and educational programming; transportation to field study sites; water chemistry testing equipment; and educational events. Grants are awarded for up to $3,000.
In April, DEP awarded 110 grants totaling more than $304,000 to groups in support of environmental education programs across the state. Since the program’s inception, DEP has awarded more than $9.8 million in grants. The program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 and mandates that 5 percent of some pollution fines and penalties collected annually by DEP be set aside for environmental education.
Applications are available online at www.dep.state.pa.us, or by contacting DEP’s Environmental Education and Information Center at 717-772-1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is December 18.
MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323
902 GRANTS-2015 INFORMATION - GRANT IS CLOSED.
This year’s 902 Grant Round was announced in the PA Bulletin (see attached doc) and is now open, with a deadline for all applications on November 20, 2015. Below is the link to the 902 Grant Application:
A pre-application meeting is required. This year, the DEP will only be offering pre-application meetings to those municipalities that are eligible. Therefore, it is important for each interested municipality to send their waste, recycling, and burning ordinances for review BEFORE the preapplication meeting.
For the pre-application meeting, each municipality should have:
- The application mostly completed.
- Examples of your recycling education.
2015 INFORMATIONGrant is closed
Act 101, Section 904, Recycling Performance Grants – Recycling Program Performance Grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate.
The Luzerne County Solid Waste Management Department is available to assist municipalities with the preparation of 902 and 904 Grant applications, completion of the Annual Report and the evaluation of or planning for recycling programs. We can help in preparing, producing or presenting education programs for any project or group the municipality wishes to promote.
Please contact us by phone at 570-331-7048, fax at
570-718-0878 to discuss how we can be of assistance to your municipality.
Pennsylvania’s Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act.
Read Act 101.
Recycling Financial Assistance
Recycling programs are financed by a $2-per-ton recycling fee on all waste (except ash) disposed of in landfills or processed by resource recovery facilities in Pennsylvania. Besides grants for local recycling, planning and environmental protection programs, funding subsidizes state programs for recycling market development, public education, technical assistance and grants administration.
PA DEP Act 101 Program Grants
Section 901 Grant
Act 101, Section 901, County Planning Grants – Application deadline: Opened April 30, 2011
Counties are eligible for 80% reimbursement for preparation of waste management plans required by Act 101 and pollution prevention education activities. For more information, contact the Bureau of Waste Management at (717) 787-7382.
Act 101, Section 903, County Recycling Coordinator Grants
Provides reimbursement of 50 percent of county recycling coordinator salary and expenses.
Act 101, Section 904, Recycling Performance Grants
Section 904 Grant
Section 904 Recycling Performance grants are available to all Pennsylvania local governments with recycling programs. The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate.
Mandated curbside municipalities and other municipalities, except for counties, receiving more than $10,000 in Performance Grant funding must meet the following performance requirements:
Post-consumer aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastics, corrugated cardboard, newspapers and other marketable grades of paper are materials eligible for the grants. All eligible materials collected from residents, business, schools, colleges, universities and community events can be factored into the grant awards.
Applicants must retain documentation demonstrating that materials claimed in the application were eligible for the grant, generated within the applicant’s boundaries, and were recycled or marketed in the year covered by the application. Residues from the collection and/or marketing of recyclable materials are not eligible for grant consideration. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the program under Section 904 of Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.
Act 140 Impacts on Act 101 Recycling Performance Grants
- Act 101 mandated curbside municipalities and other municipalities, except for counties, receiving more than $10,000 in Act 101 Section 904 Recycling Performance Grant funding must meet the following performance requirements:
- Requires, through ordinance, that all residents have waste and recycling service.
- Has an implemented residential recycling program and facilitates a commercial recycling program or participates in a similar county or multi-municipal program.
- Has a residential and business recycling education program.
- Has a program of enforcement that periodically monitors participation, receives complaints and issues warnings for required participants and provides fines, penalties, or both, in its recycling ordinance.
- Has provisions, participates in a county or multi-municipal program or facilitates a private sector program for the recycling of special materials.
- Sponsors a program, facilitates a program or supports an organization to address illegal dumping and/or littering problems.
- Has a person or entity designated as recycling coordinator who is responsible for recycling data collection and reporting recycling program performance in the municipality or municipalities.
If the municipality has not met the above performance requirements, the grant funds awarded shall be expended by the municipality only to meet the performance requirements. If the municipality has met the performance requirements, the grant funds awarded may be expended by the municipality on any expense as determined in the discretion of the municipality. The Department may require budget documents or other expenditure records and may deny funding through this Section if an applicant cannot demonstrate that funds have been expended on eligible activities.
- Applicants must retain documentation that materials claimed in the application were eligible for the grant, generated within the applicant’s boundaries, and were recycled or marketed in the year covered by the application. Records should always include:
- Material recycled
- Percentage of contamination of commingled loads
- Municipality in which it was collected
- Amount of commercial/institutional and residentially generated material
- Weight of material (documented by weight receipts)
- Name and signature of the collector, broker, or transporter
- Reports should be on a form from the collector or the letterhead of the collector
All eligible materials collected from residents, business, schools, colleges, universities and community events can be factored into the grant awards. Eligible materials include all those post-consumer materials listed in the original Act 101 list.
- Glass bottles and jars
- Steel and aluminum cans
- Plastic bottles
- Newspaper and magazines
- Other recyclable paper grades
- Corrugated cardboard
By law, this grant does not include pre-consumer materials or leaf and yard waste.
- The formula includes a $10 bonus for each ton of commercially generated material.
- The base award is $5 per ton and an additional $1 per ton for each percent diverted from the municipality’s waste stream.
- Your diversion percentage is based on .8 tons of municipal solid waste per person per year.
- In computing your diversion rate, a municipality may only count commercial / institutional materials equal to the residential tonnage
In other words, once your commercial material tonnage exceeds your residential total, you have reached the upper limit of your diversion rate. This was done so that communities with large commercial districts and low populations would not receive unfairly large amounts of performance grant money.
Confused? An example helps clarify things…
|Population – 2,000||Multiplied by .8 tons||= 1,600 tons of waste|| |
|Residential Recycling|| ||160 tons recycled|| |
|Commercial Recycling|| ||250 tons recycled|| |
|Base Tonnage Eligible||160 tons + 160 tons||= 320 eligible tons|| |
|Base Award||$5 ton x 320 tons|| ||$1,600.00|
|Diversion Percentage||320 tons / 1,600 tons||= 20% diversion|| |
|Diversion Award||20% x 320 total tons|| ||$6,400.00|
|Commercial Bonus||$10 × 90 tons|| ||$900.00|
|Grant Total|| || ||$8,900.00|
Understanding the Table
This sample community of 2,000 people recycles 160 residential tons and 250 commercial tons. For purposes of computing your diversion rate, you can only claim 160 of those 250 commercial tons. (Remember that you cannot claim anymore commercial tons than your residential total when computing the base award.)
Since everyone is assumed to generate .8 tons of waste per person each year, we multiply the population by .8 to compute total waste generation. That gives us a 20% diversion rate (320 tons of recyclables divided by 1600 tons of waste). You get a dollar for every eligible diverted ton (or $20 × 320 eligible tons = $6,400).
Finally, you get $10 a ton for the 90 commercial tons (or $10 × 90 = $900) that were in excess of your residential total. The three awards total $8,900.
If you are still confused, contact Todd Pejack at DEP Grant Central; (717) 787-7382 or contact Mark Vottero at 717-772-5719 or email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
For additional recycling and environmental grant information, contact http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=461086
Other Act 101 Grants
Section 1110 Host Municipality Independent Review of Waste Permits
Up to $10,000 grant for host municipalities for independent review of permit applications for a new landfill, resource recovery facility, or expansion of an existing landfill or resource recovery facility. For more information, contact the Bureau of Waste Management at (717) 787-7381.
Act 190, Chapter 2, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grant – Provides reimbursement to registered sponsors of collection programs for household hazardous waste, electronics, and tires (but not tire pile cleanups). Reimbursement available for up to 50 percent of eligible costs. Eligible costs typically include collection, transportation and management of the wastes plus education programs.
Contact Information: ep, Recycle Grants or (717) 787-7382