Grants for Local Governments

The N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) administers the Solid Waste Outreach Program including associated funds for making grants to local governments in support of waste reduction efforts. Local governments interested in these grants are encouraged to check this website periodically for updates. Please be aware that funding levels, contract periods and eligibility requirements vary between the different grant programs. Current and recent opportunities and application guidelines are listed below. Please contact the appropriate staff person if you have additional questions.

Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant ProgramCLOSED

The Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program is a recurring annual funding opportunity for local governments to build lasting capacity to divert materials from the waste stream and / or increase public awareness of recycling. The grant cycle is timed to correspond with local government budget cycles. A request for proposals is typically issued in late fall with applications due in February. Grant winners are typically notified in April and funds become available on July 1st. The application period for 2023 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants closed on February 16, 2023. For more information or assistance please contact Sandy Skolochenko at 919 707-8147

Multifamily Recycling Grant Program - OPEN

The Multifamily Recycling Grant Program offers funding to initiate or expand multifamily recycling programs within the state and is open to local governments, recycling businesses or non-profits, multifamily property owners or management companies, public housing authorities, and colleges and universities for off-campus housing. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information or assistance please contact Elise Traywick at 919-707-8135.

Watch the Multifamily Recycling Webinar to learn more.

Food Waste Reduction Grant - OPEN

The Food Waste Reduction Grant is a special grant program offering funding to help local governments, non-profits, and businesses reduce the amount of wasted food being disposed in landfills. Applications are due Wednesday October 25, 2023 by 5:00 PM. For more information or assistance please contact Christine Wittmeier at 919-707-8121.

Learn more about food waste reduction.

Abandoned Manufactured Home (AMH) Grant Program – CLOSED

This grant program provided funding to assist counties with implementing abandoned manufactured home clean-up programs. Information is available on the AMH Grant Program website. For more information or assistance, please contact David Hance at 919-707-8122.

Glass Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Program – CLOSED

The Glass Equipment and Infrastructure Grant was a one-time grant program that provided funding for single stream material recovery facilities (MRFs) to purchase glass recycling equipment or for local governments to establish or expand community drop-off glass collection.

Grant Application Forms

Successful grant applicants are required to provide the following forms, which will be included as part of the grant contract:

Grant Final Reports

As a condition set forth of each of the above grant programs, any North Carolina municipality, county, council of government and solid waste authority that receives a reimbursement grant shall submit a final report to the DEACS grant manager prior to the end of the grant contract. Each grant program requires specific information be included in the associated final report. Please see the following guidance documents for assistance in preparing final reports.

Related Grants

DEACS also makes grant funds available for the private sector (for profit) and nonprofit recycling organizations.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides financial assistance for the collection/recycling of used agricultural pesticide jugs and unused pesticides.