SWMD Annual Grant Funding


The Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District offers grants to city and county governments, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations and other interested parties to increase waste reduction, reuse and recycling rates in our region. All projects must be located within the Solid Waste Management District, which represents Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. 

The 2023 Annual Grant Call is now open and accepting pre-applications. 

Virtual Information Sessions

All applicants are encouraged to attend a virtual information session to learn more about the grant program and ask questions. 

  • Tuesday, May 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

If you were unable to attend an information session, the presentation is available online.

2023 Grant Call Schedule

  • Thursday, June 30 - Pre-Application deadline (you must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application)
  • Thursday, August 25 - Full application deadline
  • January 1, 2023 - Start date for funded projects

Application Process

  • To apply for the annual grant funding call, a pre-application is required. The Grant Review Committee will provide feedback on the pre-application, providing guidance and suggestions for the full application. You may not submit a full application unless a pre-application was submitted.
  • Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session. If you were unable to attend, the information session presentation is available online. 

Grant Priorities

  • Education — Waste reduction and recycling education is integral to the district’s mission. This priority emphasizes the need for improved awareness, increased participation, and reduced contamination in recycling programs. Contamination refers to items that should not be placed in recycling bins such as plastic bags, clothing and electronics..

  • End-Market Development — Projects that support the development of new markets, expansion of existing markets and local manufacturing of products from recovered materials generated in our region. Projects can include studies or equipment necessary to create or expand recycled material production including equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into bulk raw material or finished product.  

  • Waste Reduction and Reuse — Projects that support waste reduction and reuse activities. Examples include community-based projects such as repair services, lending libraries, or resale opportunities and replacing disposable items, such as paper plates or plastic bags, with durable items.
  • Hard-To-Recycle Items — Collection, processing and end markets for hard to recycle materials. Examples include Styrofoam™, porcelain, carpet, clean gypsum wallboard, furniture and rigid plastics such as lawn chairs, buckets and outdoor playsets.

  • Organics Management — Projects that address infrastructure, collection and end markets for organics composting. Organics refers to food waste and landscape waste such as tree limbs, shrubbery and leaves. Project examples include landscaping, erosion control and residential food waste collection.

  • Construction and Demolition Waste — Projects which effectively address the diversion of construction and demolition materials. Examples include diversion of materials such as wood, metal, concrete and fixtures from residential and commercial construction and renovation projects.

  • Business and Multi-Family Dwelling Recycling — Recycling and composting in the business sector and at apartment buildings and condominiums. Examples include business single-stream recycling, apartment cardboard recycling and restaurant food waste composting.


Please submit a webform or call 816-701-8226 with questions regarding the SWMD Annual Grant program.