ecomaine invites applications for 2017/18 School Recycling Grants

PORTLAND, Maine (June 9, 2017) – Has your school set out to raise recycling awareness? Do you want to implement a more robust recycling program or add composting to your waste collection? Then ecomaine has a great opportunity for you! Maine’s pioneer of single-sort recycling and provider of waste-to-energy solutions is pleased to announce that any of its 65 member communities can apply for School Recycling Grants through October 31, 2017.

Grant proposals have ranged from purchasing in-school recycling bins or education materials to offsetting compost hauling fees or assisting scho
ols to participate in tours of ecomaine. If selected, school recipients can receive up to $5,000 of $20,000 in available grant funds. Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:

(1) project outline and school commitment
(2) ease of project replication
(3) likelihood of success and program sustainability, and
(4) how compelling and worthy the funding is.

Candidates may apply by filling out the application below:

2017 grants application

2017 grant contest rules

The School Recycling Grants represent one of the many ways ecomaine achieves its outreach goals. In fiscal year 2017, ecomaine reached more than 10,000 school children and members of the public through tours, presentations and events.  Other programs that ecomaine offers throughout the year to further its education and outreach mission are:

  • Recycling is a Work of Art contest (6 winners selected in Spring to paint murals on the “silver bullet” recycling containers in towns )

  • Eco-Excellence Awards (annual March awards, nominations accepted throughout the year)

  • Annual Recycling Open House (this year September 30th, 2017)

  • On-site tours and community outreach (ongoing)

Learn all about the 2016/17 School Recycling Grant winners here.

If you have questions about the School Recycling Grants program, or are interested in setting up a tour of ecomaine (tours available Monday through Friday), contact Katrina Venhuizen at 207-523-3141.