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County Solid Waste Planning

County Solid Waste Planning Grants

The Illinois EPA has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity.  Please see details below.

Allow additional time to pre-qualify through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA).

The Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act (SWPRA) requires every county to adopt a plan to manage the solid waste generated within its boundaries. These plans are important tools for local planning endeavors and are required to include:

  • A recycling program;
  • a description of the origin and types of waste generated;
  • the facilities for currently handling waste within the county;
  • a description of programs planned to handle waste over the next twenty years;
  • an evaluation of the environmental, energy, life cycle, and economic advantages and disadvantages of the programs;
  • a schedule for implementing the proposals;
  • the potential location for sites necessary to implement the proposals; and
  • the identity of the governmental entity responsible for implementation.

Illinois EPA has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity to assist counties and other units of local government to assist in implementing their solid waste planning obligations under the SWPRA. This funding opportunity follows a recommendation from the Statewide Materials Management Advisory Committee that recommended, in its July 2021 report, that the Illinois EPA provide financial support to units of local government to enable them to make meaningful updates to their statutorily required solid waste management plans.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting a local solid waste and materials management needs assessment;
  • Surveying local solid waste and materials management stakeholders to determine programmatic expansion viability;
  • Internally authoring solid waste management plan updates; or
  • Procuring consulting services to prepare solid waste management plan updates.

The Illinois EPA Waste Reduction and Compliance Section (WRCS) is responsible for reviewing County Solid Waste Management Plans submitted pursuant to the SWPRA.   

Each county or unit of local government required to develop a solid waste management plan is eligible for up to $10,000.00 of funding.

Applicants may not apply for a grant until they are pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, https://grants.illinois.gov/portal/. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-award process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire.

Applications will be accepted between November 30, 2023 and 5:00 PM (CST) on January 20, 2024. Applications must be submitted electronically to epa.recycling@illinois.gov.

Illinois EPA will provide a Technical Assistance Availability Session via WebEx on January 8, 2024, from 10:00am-11:00am CT. Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are included below.

Do I need to re-apply for funding if I have already been approved?
No, you should reach out to the contact on the NOFO regarding an increase in funding and the next steps. The request needs to be sent during the period that the NOFO is available for, otherwise it will not be considered. If the total requested funding exceeds the total available pot of $200,000, all amendment requests will be considered in conjunction with all other requests and may be rejected.

When can I begin incurring costs?
Upon execution of the agreement, anticipated by April 30, 2024.

What are the criteria for approval?
See Attachment A at the end of the NOFO.

This is the third NOFO for the Sharps Grant. Does the Illinois EPA plan for this program to be an annual occurrence, with this same process EVERY year, or multiple years?
The Illinois EPA has published a third NOFO for the Solid Waste Planning Grant due to interest from applicants who missed the second deadline and several requests for amendments when the second NOFO was posted. Illinois EPA hopes that this will become a permanent program. Additional years, as well as additional funding, may be administered via an amendment to the original executed grant agreement or available to new applicants that send complete applications. Illinois EPA will work closely with grantees through the process. Please note: all grant funding is subject to appropriation.

Does Illinois EPA need to see the contract that is procured with a vendor with the application, or just the information within the application?
Only the information in the application is needed. As part of the grant reporting process, the contract information should be provided.

Are the Anticipated Dates in Section E3 of the NOFO drop-dead dates?
With the exceptions of January 20, 2024, application deadline date, and November 1, 2025, final eligible collection date, Illinois EPA will work with applicants/grantees as needed. Costs expected to be reimbursed in accordance with this grant can be incurred upon execution of the agreement.

Will Illinois EPA provide reporting forms for the end of grant period final report?
A Quarterly Report will be due within 30 days of June 30, 2024. A final Periodic Performance Report and Periodic Financial Report will be due within 60 days of the end of the agreement period and will be specified in the grant agreement. These are the same reporting forms to use for the quarterly reports, just marked as “ final”. The Final Report should be a basic and clear accounting and documentation of the grant funds expenditures. These forms are posted at the top of the page under FORMS. 

If you have any questions regarding the program or application, contact:

Materials Management and Compliance Section
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Land
epa.recycling@illinois.gov
(217) 524-3300

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