2010-11-06 / Editorials & Letters

ODNR Grant deadline near

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting grant proposals for community programs that will improve local environments through litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction. The deadline to apply is November 15.

The ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention will grant competitive awards up to $2,000 to support litter cleanup activities that involve the work of volunteers. Last year, ODNR’s 83 grant awards totaled $155,015 and generated nearly $1.1 million worth of local volunteer hours, and $238,074 worth of goods and services and private contributions.

The projects funded through this grant program must take place during March, April or May of 2011, and grant recipients are to incorporate Keep Ohio Beautiful Month programming into their community awareness and promotional activities.

Last year’s clean-ups collected more than 84,000 bags of litter from 4,000 miles of Ohio streets, alleys and highways. Statewide, almost 34,000 volunteers participated in neighborhood and roadside clean ups.

Funding for the ODNR Litter Clean- Up Grant program comes from tipping fees, which are levied upon waste received at waste processing facilities. In this case, the facilities are construction and demolition debris landfills. No cash match is required, but the grants allow local entities to leverage additional funds for the projects. Financial or in-kind contributions are encouraged.

For additional information about the grant program, contact the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention at (614) 265-6333 or visit ohiodnr.com/recycling.

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