Solid Waste Diversion Grant Program

The Maine Legislature established the Maine Solid Waste Diversion Grant Program to provide grants to public and private entities to assist in the development, implementation or improvement of programs, projects, initiatives or activities designed to increase the diversion of solid waste from disposal in the State.

Contact Mark King, 207-592-0455 for more information.

Eligibility and Prioritization

This program is open to any public or private entity demonstrating that a proposed program, project, initiative or activity is likely to increase the diversion of solid waste from disposal within a particular community, municipality or region or the State. Priority in awarding of funds will be given to proposals that are likely to increase the removal and recycling of organic materials from municipal waste streams, are consistent with the provisions of the solid waste management hierarchy and the food recovery hierarchy, and finally, provide the most benefit to the State in terms of increasing the diversion of solid waste from disposal.

2020 Solid Waste Diversion Grant Application Process

The Department of Environmental Protection is excited to announce the 2020 open application period for Solid Waste Diversion Grant proposals. Proposed projects must focus on diverting materials from disposal towards higher and better uses. The Department is specifically seeking proposals that will:

  • Take advantage of regional economies of scale,
  • Increase organics management and recycling infrastructure in underserved areas of the state,
  • Promote waste reduction through reuse, repair and sharing economy initiatives,
  • Reduce wasted food through donation or other sharing initiatives,
  • Address a statewide need, and/or
  • Expand the types of materials managed through composting and recycling.

Starting October 1, 2020, the Department will make application materials available for prospective applicants, with submissions due on November 16, 2020.

The RFP, Application, Question & Answer Summary, and other information related to the previous round of grants can be found here: We are committed to ensuring improvements are made for each round of grants, and materials found on this page represent previous application materials that may differ from any upcoming grant submission requirements.