MDEQ dramatically increases funding and extends deadline for recycling grants

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2019

Elizabeth Garver, Recycling Specialist,, 586-753-3837
Emily Freeman, Recycling Specialist,, 517-256-9466
DEQ Media Office,, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) today announced that it will dramatically increase available funding for Recycling Infrastructure Grants from $500,000 to $3.7 million and the extend the deadline for grant applications to May 1, 2019.

The MDEQ originally announced this grant opportunity on November 21, 2018 in support of the statewide recycling goals of increasing the recycling rate and ensuring convenient recycling access by supporting investment in recycling infrastructure.  

Given the increase in funding, MDEQ is extending the application period through to May 1, 2019. The Recycling Infrastructure Grant is part of the MDEQ’s Fiscal Year 2019 Sustainability Grants, which also includes Scrap Tire Cleanup Grants and Scrap Tire Market Development Grants. The increased funding has been made available by the recently established Renew Michigan Fund. 

Eligible entities include cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities, non-profit organizations, school districts, health departments, colleges or universities, and regional planning agencies. Funding or program partners may be for-profit organizations, but such entities are not eligible to receive grants. The maximum request amount per grant is $1 million.

Requests for funding must be received by close of business May 1, 2019.  

To view the Request for Proposals and for more information about the grants program, visit

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