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REAP Recycling Assistance Grant Program

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs,
Schools, and Agencies for Environmental Programs

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

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07/01/20 5:00 PM - Receipt


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Grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, schools, and IHEs for environmental programs. Funding is intended for programs to begin or expand recycling efforts and support related public education and marketing efforts. Funding is also intended for projects that affect a significant and measurable reduction in the municipal waste stream, involve all or a substantial number of the community's residents, and include a public education component regarding the recycling program.

Applications are invited from local governments and other qualifying parties for the following: 

  • Initiating, expanding, or upgrading recycling programs;
  • Public education programs which promote recycling; and
  • Recycling market procurement efforts.

Proposal objectives should maximize the following factors:

  • Conservation of limited natural resources;
  • Public education regarding litter control;
  • Recycling of valuable materials;
  • Extending the useful life of solid waste landfills; and
  • Reducing the need for new landfills.

The following types of grants are available:

  1. Local Government Recycling Feasibility Study and Planning Grant: This grant is for researching the feasibility of community, county, and regional recycling programs including market development and requires submittal of a detailed comprehensive plan. A local government may use a professional service to assist in planning and/or implementing a comprehensive recycling program.
  2. Recycling Program Assistance Grant: This grant is for initiating, expanding, or upgrading recycling programs, and emphasizes the integration of source reduction and recycling.

A list of allowable expenses can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181360

Estimated Size of Grant:

The schedule of funding levels per applicant by type of grant is as follows:

Recycling Feasibility Study and Planning Grant: Local Government $20,000

Recycling Program Assistance Grant:
- Municipality over 10,000 population. $150,000
- Municipality under 10,000. $75,000
- County or Regional Solid Waste Authority. $150,000
- County Commission $150,000
- State agency/state instrumentality or school. $75,000
- Other Interested Party. $75,000

An entity, program, organization or facility shall not receive more than $250,000 during a grant year, regardless of the number of proposals submitted for that entity, program, organization or facility.

Term of Contract:

All recycling assistance grants are for a fourteen-month period beginning the first of January and ending the last day in February of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The funds are available to any county, municipality, public or private entity in West Virginia that is interested in planning and implementing recycling programs, related public educational programs or need assistance in recycling market efforts.

Eligible applicants include local governments or other interested party applying for a grant pursuant to this rule.

Local government means any unit of local government within the state, including a county, county board of education, municipality, and any other authority, board, commission, district, office, public authority, public corporation, or other instrumentality of a county, county board of education, or municipality or any combination of two or more local governments.

Other interested party means private business and enterprise and nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and state agencies and municipalities.

It is now a requirement that applicants involved in the processing of materials be registered with the WV DEP Solid Waste Permitting Unit (Legislative Rule §33-1-3.16.d). Entities who only collect and market their materials to others are not required to be registered. There is no fee for this registration. Solid Waste Authorities are not exempt. This is NOT a permit. This is only a required registration for the State of West Virginia. Registering does not bring you into compliance for any permits required.

It is now a requirement that applicants involved in a recycling activity must contact the WVDEP Division of Water and Waste Management, Storm Water Section to determine if a Storm Water Permit is needed. Solid Waste Authorities are not exempt.

PLEASE NOTE: Worker’s Compensation Payments and Unemployment Compensation Payments must be current for the application to be considered.

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

The original and one copy of the proposal shall be received and logged in by the department on or before 5:00 p.m. of the first business day in July.

If a proposal is found to be incomplete or incorrect, the department may, at its discretion, contact the applicant who shall be allowed to remedy the error within the cure period, which is 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in July.

Applicants shall be notified in writing, by the department, of approval or denial of a grant within a reasonable time after proposal award recommendations of the committee have been approved by the Secretary.

Unless a grant recipient specifically requests and can demonstrate a need for a larger portion of the awarded grant to initiate the project, the department shall disburse all grants on the following schedule: 30% at the time of grant award with subsequent payments of 30% to be made upon receipt of a quarterly report. The final payment shall be 10% and shall be withheld until receipt of the third quarterly report.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application to:

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
REAP Recycling Grant Program
601 57th Street S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

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