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Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Recycling Assistance Grant Program

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

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07/01/22 5:00 PM - Receipt


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

The recycling assistance grant program provides grants to assist local governments and other interested parties in: 

  • 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.
- January 1, 2023 thru February 28, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All West Virginia entities are eligible to apply for recycling program assistance grants, through notification of the county or regional solid waste authority in which the applicant is located. Only local governments are eligible to apply for grants, through notification of the county or regional solid waste authority in which the applicant is located. The recycling assistance fund grant review committee shall give priority to those municipalities, counties, state instrumentalities, private schools, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and cooperatives, required to recycle as a result of a county referendum or pursuant to the provisions of West Virginia Code §22-15A-18 and §22-15A-20. If a county has adopted a recycling ordinance by referendum vote, the ordinance shall be consistent with the provisions of West Virginia Code §22-15A-18(c) for the applicant to receive priority for a grant.

"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.

NOTE: Worker’s Compensation Payments and Unemployment Compensation Payments must be current.

Persons responsible for collecting, hauling or disposing of solid waste who do not participate in the collection and payment of the solid waste assessment fee imposed by West Virginia Code §22-15A-19 in addition to all other fees and taxes levied by law for solid waste generated in this state which is destined for disposal, are not eligible to receive grants.

An applicant that has a current grant from the Recycling Assistance Grant Program is not eligible for the next cycle of grants.

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due in the office by 5:00 p.m. on the first business day of July. Deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on July 1, 2022.

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.

Corrections received during the cure period, can be submitted electronically, but they must be color scans signed in blue ink.

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.

An applicant may receive one grant every other year from the Recycling Assistance Grant Program.

It is a requirement that applicants involved in the processing of materials be registered with the WV DEP Solid Waste Permitting Unit. Entities collecting and marketing materials only are not required to register. There is no fee for this registration. Solid Waste Authorities are not exempt.

It is 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.

For additional information about requirements for applicants falling under the definition of a “Scrap Metal Dealer”, see

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Contact Information:

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


Applicants involved in the processing of materials must register with the WV DEP Solid Waste Permitting Unit. Please contact Valinda Neal at (304) 926-0499 ext. 43846.

To determine if a Storm Water Permit is needed, please contact Patrick Burch at (304) 926-0499 ext. 43813.

If you have any questions, contact:

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

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