ecomaine Grants

The 2019-2020 grant application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

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 reduction toolbox?

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 public or private schools in any of its 70+ member communities can apply for School Recycling Grants every fall!

Proposals should demonstrate a commitment to the solid waste hierarchy and landfill diversion techniques, particularly REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, and COMPOST/DIGESTION.

Past grant proposals have ranged from purchasing in-school recycling bins or education materials, to offsetting compost hauling fees, or assisting schools to participate in tours of ecomaine.

If selected, recipients can receive up to $5,000 of $25,000 in available grant funds for the school year.

Recipients are chosen by ecomaine’s Outreach and Recycling Committee based on the following criteria:

(1) Project outline and school commitment
(2) Ease of project replication
(3) Likelihood of success and program sustainability
(4) How compelling and worthy the funding is, overall

Grant proposals are accepted each September-October from any public or private school in ecomaine’s member communities.  If you would like information about how to apply, bookmark this page and get in touch at 207-773-1738 or

Download our grants pamphlet here.

2018-19 Grants

ecomaine is pleased to announce $20,750 in grant funding to 13 recipients of its 2018-19 School Recycling Grants, which are designed to raise recycling awareness in schools and communities, and to help schools implement more efficient recycling programs or add composting to their waste collection.

The recipients are located across the state, and proposed a variety of programs designed to divert waste from landfills:

  • Chelsea Elementary School, for a recycling field trip and reusable coffee pods for teachers
  • Hollis Elementary School, for a variety of materials for recycling and composting
  • Waldo County Technical Center (Liberty), for recycling bins and a recycling field trip
  • Deering High School (Portland), for recycling bins and ecomaine stickers
  • Portland High School, for replacing paper towel dispensers with efficient hand dryers
  • Carl J. Lamb Elementary School (Sanford), for recycling bins, recycling education and field trip, and materials for the school’s Recycling Team
  • Scarborough High School, for replacing paper towel dispensers with efficient hand dryers
  • Shapleigh Memorial School, for recycling field trip, zero waste table construction, recycling bins & transportation, materials
  • Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine (South Portland), for a composting program
  • Roots & Fruits Pre-School (South Portland), for vermiculture composting materials and information
  • Vinalhaven School, for various recycling supplies – bins, custodial trucks, transportation.
  • Waterboro Elementary, for sustainability-themed field trips, food waste reduction, and materials, including a new zero waste table
  • Thomas College (Waterville), for various sizes of recycling bins for dormitories and other buildings, support for student attendance at Green Campus Coalition meetings

“We could not be more pleased at the ambitious projects and thoughtful way Maine’s students and educators are looking at new ways of reducing, reusing, and recycling,” said Kevin Roche, CEO of ecomaine. “It is truly encouraging for those of us in this industry to see that the future of sustainable waste management solutions is in such good hands.”