Grant Opportunities

NRRA has compiled a list of grant opportunities for municipalities, transfer stations, and other recycling groups. Grant opportunities are divided between federal and state grants.

Please check back for additional grant information, as this page is updated regularly. (Updated: 1/20/23)


USDA Community Facility Loan and Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Loan and grants can be used for a wide variety of essential community needs, including solid waste infrastructure.  This could include recycling equipment such as balers, scales, storage containers and glass crushers.  It could also include safety equipment, signage, and bathroom facilities at transfer stations.  Other possible uses include the purchase of computers and cameras for transfer station use.  The Community Facility Grant program provides matching grants up to $50,000 to communities based on population and median household income. 

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EPA Region 1 Healthy Communities

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England's main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks to protect and improve human health and the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that:

  • Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas needing to create community resilience, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g., children, elderly, tribes, urban and rural residents, and others at increased risk)].
  • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
  • Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
  • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
  • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.

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Municipal Recycling & Storage Equipment Grants

Grantor: New Hampshire the Beautiful

New Hampshire communities are eligible to apply for funding to assist with the purchase of recycling equipment. Grant applications are considered on an individual basis and funding may be up to 20% of the purchase price of the equipment. While we will not help with the purchase of land, studies or buildings, we do help fund the purchase of balers, crushers, roll-off containers and other equipment that will help a community achieve higher diversion rates.

Recycling Equipment grant applications are accepted on a rolling schedule, with current applications being considered every two months and up to 9 months given to allow communities to purchase and install suitable equipment. Grants are paid as a reimbursement to communities after they have purchased the equipment. 

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Waste Oil Grant

Grantor: NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)

NHDES issues gift grants (meaning they are not matching grants) for the purpose of encouraging the establishment, improvement and operation of used oil collection centers that serve residents who change their own oil (Do-It-Yourselfers). The used oil that is collected at these centers is then properly recycled at licensed used oil recycling facilities.

Towns, cities, counties, solid waste districts, other government entities and nonprofit organizations that focus on waste management and recycling issues are eligible to receive used oil collection gift grant funds. The grant funds are also available to private businesses that are registered motor vehicle inspection stations. Most grants are for a specified amount, up to $2,500. A center that serves two or more towns may qualify for up to $5,000.

Grant funds may be used to establish, improve or operate a used oil collection center, as well as to transport used oil off-site to a licensed used oil recycler.

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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grant

Grantor: NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)

The NHDES HHW Program provides grant funds to municipalities that support more than 60 annual HHW collection events across the state. To help communities and their municipal solid waste facilities manage homeowner generated hazardous wastes, the State of New Hampshire administers a Household Hazardous Waste grant program. HHW Collection Grants are awarded to eligible municipalities at a designated per capita rate for the communities served. HHW collection projects have requirements that must be completed to be eligible for the grant monies; details can be found in the grant application package.

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