Michigan Small Community Education Grant Program

Grant Program to Provide Recycling Education Assistance to Michigan Small Communities

Grantees can now send customized education materials directly to their residents to improve recycling programs at no cost to them.

Small communities in Michigan have a resource to help them educate households about how and what to recycle. The Michigan Small Community Education Grant Program, an effort funded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) along with The Recycling Partnership, the nonprofit action agent transforming the U.S. residential recycling system for good, is open and available for communities to apply.

Eligible Communities/Organizations:

  • Cities
  • Villages
  • Townships
  • Charter Townships
  • Counties
  • Tribal Governments
  • Municipal Solid Waste Authorities
  • Resource Recovery Authorities
  • Regional Planning Agencies
  • Nonprofit Organizations (working on behalf of an entire community/municipality)

Eligible Grantees MUST:

  • be located in Michigan
  • represent an entire community/municipality
  • have less than 10,000 households or approx. 30,000 population (unless applying on behalf of multiple small communities)

Whether the local recycling program is curbside and/or drop-off, the Michigan-only online platform gives access to The Recycling Partnership’s customized templates including info cards, top issue mailers, information sheets, cart tags, and dumpster signage, which can be localized, printed, and sent directly to residents, all in one place.  Communities can customize materials with their logo, website, and phone number, and all pieces are designed bilingual in English and Spanish.

“The Michigan Small Community Education Grant Program is just one of the many ways The Recycling Partnership is working with EGLE to decrease contamination and increase the quantity and quality of recyclables collected,” says Cassandra Ford, Community Program Manager at The Recycling Partnership. “This project specifically focuses on small communities and provides them resources to easily send their residents customized recycling educational materials based on our best management practices without having to worry about budget.”

The grant opportunity was created to alleviate the financial challenges smaller Michigan communities face in providing recycling education and outreach materials to inform residents about how, where, and why to recycle. Funding is limited and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the program’s popularity, potential grantees are encouraged to apply early.


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