The Waste Reduction & Innovation Grant (WRIG) is available to eligible schools, businesses and nonprofits for planning, equipment, supplies and capital improvements that result in the significant reduction of solid waste that the business creates.
Waste reduction is the most environmentally preferred strategy for managing solid waste. Waste reduction projects eliminate the use of materials that end up being discarded from production and sales processes. Waste reduction projects can take many different forms, including reusing source materials, bulk purchasing, packaging changes, technology enhancements or production redesign.
One-time grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses and nonprofits for planning, equipment, supplies and capital improvements that result in a significant reduction of solid waste that the business creates. Applicants must contribute a 10% cash match of the total project cost.
Download full grant guidelines here.
We are now accepting applications for a second round of grants in 2023. The application will close on October 13, 2023.
Businesses must meet the following criteria:
Ineligible entities include:
Use of Funds
Proposed projects must demonstrate one or more of the following:
Examples of fundable items are listed below. For a full list, refer to the program guidelines.
Equipment & Materials
Construction & Infrastructure
Research & Development
Education & Engagement
Sample of Previously Funded Projects
Applicants must work with a BizRecycling Recycling Expert to submit a grant application. The Recycling Expert will conduct an initial site visit of your location. At the site visit, the Recycling Expert will provide recommendations for waste reduction and management improvements and discuss your project plan. They will help assemble needed documentation and price quotes for the grant application. Applications who have not had a site assessment will not be reviewed.
To set up your site assessment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-266-1199.
Grant Application & Forms
Completed applications must include the following:
Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on April 14, 2023. Award notifications will be made by May 23, 2023. Email applications to email@example.com.
Gina from Image360 in Woodbury worked with BizRecycling to reduce waste and improve reuse and recycling (while lowering inventory costs) with new, mobile equipment for storage, organization, and recycling collection. For her business, working with BizRecycling was the smart thing to do!