CDPHE: Waste diversion grant opportunities from the State of Colorado

REMOTE, Jan. 4., 2021: In January 2021, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will release two separate solicitations to fund recycling projects. 

The request for application (RFA) for the Colorado Waste Diversion Grant, the statewide option from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) program, seeks applications for projects that will take place anywhere in Colorado and that increase waste diversion and create jobs. Funding available for this Request For Applications is $2 million, and projects may request anywhere from $25,001 to $2 million. Projects are anticipated to start August 1, 2021, and funds must be spent by June 30, 2022. Projects may focus on waste reduction, recycling, composting, repurposing, reuse, or anaerobic digestion for a wide variety of materials. Please refer to the RFA for more information.

The Request For Applications from the Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) program, Advancing Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion and Reduction on the Front Range, is limited to applications for projects that will take place in Colorado’s Front Range counties and that reduce or divert construction and demolition waste from landfills or create end markets. Applications for projects from $25,000 to $700,000 are allowed from a total fund available of $2.5 million. Projects are anticipated to start August 1, 2021; funds must be spent within two years. This option focuses on reduction and diversion of construction and demolition waste, including gypsum wallboard, treated wood, reclaimed asphalt shingles, carpet tiles, and construction plastics.

The Front Range Waste Diversion Board of Directors identified priority areas for this RFA, including infrastructure projects that “move the needle” on Construction and Demolition waste diversion and directly divert material from Front Range landfills, those that develop market opportunities for Problematic Key Materials in the Construction and Demolition stream, and applications to develop or implement a local policy or ordinance to reduce the generation of unmarketable construction materials.

The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity program’s request for applications closes on March 1, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., and the Front Range Waste Diversion program’s request for applications closes on March 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Please visit to access the requests for application, find more information, and sign up for program updates.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.