EPA Launches Food Waste Management Grants

Federal grants of up to $300,000 are available to local governments for projects to reduce food loss and divert food waste from landfills.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant applications for projects that expand anerobic digester capacity. Keeping organic materials out of landfills by diverting food waste to anaerobic digestion has several benefits including a prevention of excess methane and carbon dioxide emissions, and reducing nutrient loss. EPA anticipates awarding up to $3 million in grants to individual projects in the range of $50,000-$300,000.

All applications must achieve one or more of the following objectives:
• Support state, tribal and/or local government programs that seek to use AD to increase their organic waste diversion rates or support other sustainability goals;
• Demonstrate and/or implement solutions and/or approaches for increasing AD utilization that can be replicated by other communities or governments; or
• Establish new or expand existing partnerships that result in the development of AD capacity.

State and local government agencies as well as nonprofits are eligible to apply. Applications are due by July 14, 2020, and more information can be found on the grant opportunity page. EPA will host an informational webinar on how to apply for a grant June 2, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm. For more information, and to register for the webinar, visit the event page.

Useful Links:

EPA Supporting Anaerobic Digestion in Communities Grant Opportunity 

Informational Webinar Page

EPA Anaerobic Digestion Page