Cover photo for Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Project

Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Project (CFWR)

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Due September 1, 2022


About

This program provides financial assistance to carry out activities for one or more of the following purposes.

  • Generate compost.

  • Increase access to compost for agricultural producers.

  • Reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer.

  • Improve soil quality.

  • Encourage waste management and permaculture business development.

  • Increase rainwater absorption.

  • Reduce municipal food waste; and

  • Divert residential and commercial food waste from landfills.

In addition to meeting one or more of the above purposes applicants are encouraged to align their project proposals to address priorities on environmental justice, racial equity, climate, invest in disadvantaged communities and climate smart agricultural practices. Priority will be given for each of the following elements that are included in a project:

  • Anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits for the targeted community;

  • Incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, including community gardeners, school gardens, and producers;

  • Integrate food waste reduction strategies, including innovative food recovery efforts such as food gleaning, storage, and preservation techniques; and

  • Include a robust plan that describes collaboration with multiple partners. 


Eligibility

Eligibility for this opportunity is limited to the following entity types:

  • City or township governments

  • County governments

  • Independent School Districts

  • State-designated Indian Tribes

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally-recognized tribal governments)

  • Special district governments

  • Municipal Governments


Terms

This program requires applicants to provide a minimum cost share of 25 percent of the federal share awarded. Applications that do not include the required level of cost-sharing will be ineligible for award. Cost sharing may be achieved with contributions of cash, services, materials, equipment, or other in-kind contributions, which may be provided by the applicant or a third party.


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Details

Deadline

September 1, 2022

Organization

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Minimum Award Amount

$45,000

Maximum Award Amount

$300,000

Image Credit

Markus Spiske


Updated June 4, 2022

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