School Recycling Grants

The 2020-2021 grant application period is now OPEN! Submit your proposal by October 30!

Guidelines and application form are below!

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 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

Download grant guidelines here
Download grant application form here

Grant proposals are accepted each fall 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.

2019-20 Grants

ecomaine is pleased to announce $25,000 in grant funding to 20 recipients of its 2019-20 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:

Appletree School, Cape Elizabeth – composting supplies

Bonny Eagle Middle School, Standish – composting supplies

Children’s Nursery School, Portland – vermicomposting supplies

Falmouth Elementary School, Falmouth – recycled material park bench project

Falmouth High School, Falmouth – reusable water bottle filling station

Freeport Middle School, Freeport – reusable cutlery

Gorham High School, Gorham – reusable cutlery & trays

Kittery School District, Kittery – composting program

Lincolnville Central School, Lincolnville – composting program

Maranacook Community Middle School, Readfield – recycling bins & signage

Portland Public Schools, Portland – recycling dumpsters for multi-school use

Reiche Elementary School, Portland – compostable cutlery in cafeteria

Riverton Elementary School, Portland – recycling bins & signage

Saco Middle School, Saco – compost program

South Portland High School, South Portland – compostable cafeteria materials

University of Southern Maine, Portland/Gorham – compost bins/materials, outreach materials

Waterville Alternative School, Waterville – community cleanup & education supplies

Windham High School, Windham – recycling & composting in cafeteria

Vinalhaven School, Vinalhaven – school field trip to ecomaine

Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth – composting supplies

“We had far more requests for funding than we’ve ever had before,” said ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche. “I’m encouraged by the thoughtfulness and enthusiasm Maine’s students and educators bring to these important projects. I’m thrilled that ecomaine can be a part of each of them.”