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RecycleCT School Grant

Grants to Connecticut K-12 Schools for Community Engagement
and Educational Programs that Promote Recycling

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RecycleCT Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/20/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 to Connecticut K-12 schools for community engagement and educational programs and projects that lead to increased recycling. Funding is intended to support anaerobic digestion and composting, reuse, waste reduction, and recycling.

Preference will be given to schools registered with the CT Green LEAF Schools, an initiative of COEAA.

Connecticut Green LEAF Schools are schools that:

  • Provide effective environmental and sustainability education
  • Improve the health and wellness of students and staff
  • Reduce environmental impact and cost of the resources used in the school

The RecycleCT Foundation was created to target and promote the coordination and support of research and education activities and public information programs aimed at increasing the rate of recycling and reuse in Connecticut.  

Recycling, and more broadly sustainable materials management, preserves and conserves natural resources in Connecticut and beyond.

Examples of projects eligible for funding:

  • Professional development, tied to the topic/project
  • Pay contractor or stipend to provide technical assistance, education, public speaker/performer etc. for the success of the project (but not part of a regular salary at your organization).
  • Admission fees to a museum, or other institution for the success of the project.
  • Buy equipment for an on-site composting program; project must have an educational component.
  • For a “recycling” themed assembly program to help kick off or celebrate success of recycling/composting programs at your school or district.
  • Fund staff person(s) to attend a workshop to be trained on waste reduction, reuse, or recycling to start, enhance, or expand recycling efforts at your school.
  • Buy equipment to start a worm composting bin in school classrooms; must have an educational component.
  • Partner with community organizations to host a ‘repair clinic’ at the school for parents, neighbors and community members.
  • Transition to a new cafeteria system; purchase reusable dishes or flatware as alternative to single-use items; project must have an educational component.
  • Fund a “recycling” field trip, such as a composting farm, a materials recovery facility, etc. as part of classroom learning and/or part of greening the school.
  • Start a food recovery program; purchase a refrigerator; project must have an educational component.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187260

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum request is $500 and $1,500 is maximum request. Two or more schools may apply for a grant together; such applications may request higher grant awards, but not to exceed $3000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All CT-based K-12 schools, including public, charter and magnet schools that are exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501. Preference will be given to registered CT Green LEAF Schools. All projects and programs must take place in CT and benefit a Connecticut school community.

RecycleCT Foundation funds mat not be used for:
- General operating expenses (hauling or recyclables or trash expenses or tip fees) or staffing salaries (teachers or janitors).
- Scholarships
- Religious purposes (note, parochial schools may apply, funds cannot be used for religious activities)
- Fundraisers
- Capital campaigns

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application deadline is November 20, 2019 5:00pm EST.

Proposals accepted by email only.

Applications will be reviewed at the December RecycleCT Board meeting and applicants should be notified by January 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email your proposal and any attachments to:

For questions about the CT Green LEAF program contact

The RecycleCT Foundation, Inc.

If you have questions, please contact:
Kim Trella
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut