SWMD Grant Program

The MARC Solid Waste Management District provides financial support in the form of  annual and small project grants. 

The program provides grant funds for implementing waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting projects. The primary goal of projects is to increase waste diversion within the district. Projects must be located within Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

Grant Details

Who is eligible?

Any municipality, county, public institution, nonprofit organization, private business or individual currently operating in the district is eligible to apply. The district represents Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray counties and all cities therein.

What type of projects are eligible?

Funds can be used for various programs including education, waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, collection and processing, research and development and market development for products made with diverted materials. 

Selection and funding

What is the selection process?

Applications are evaluated using criteria set forth in Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) regulations and are reviewed by a committee of five to eight volunteers, representing a variety of professional backgrounds. Recommendations for funding are presented to the district’s executive board and are submitted to the state for final approval.

What is the funding source?

The district receives funding for its grant program through the Missouri Solid Waste Management Fund. A $2.11 fee is collected on each ton of solid waste disposed in Missouri landfills or transferred to out-of-state facilities. These funds support solid waste management and diversion programs coordinated by the state’s 20 solid waste districts, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and EIERA Missouri Market Development Program.

Grantees and Projects

Current (2023) Grant Recipients





Crush Glass Crush Glass Expansion Northland Kansas City, MO Funds will support the purchase of a trailer for hauling curbside glass recycling $45,700 
Emerald Equestrian Center Aerated Static Pile Composting System Funds will support the development of a aerated composting system for a horse farm  $49,213
Flourish Furnishings Furnishing Homes with Hope Funds will support the salary of a truck driver to pick up donations and an outreach campaign $39,606
Ideal Industries Ideal Industries Incorporated Recycling Center Funds will support the construction of a new building for the community recycling center $36,855
Kansas City Zoo Zoo On-Site Event Composting Funds will support the purchase of  carts for food waste composting for on-site events at the Kansas City Zoo $5,800
KC Can Compost Regional Expansion Initiative Funds will support the purchase of kiosks and carts for residential food waste composting $40,907
Mid-America Regional Council Internal Recycling & Composting Improvement Initiative Funds will support the purchase of composting and recycling containers for an improved program $6,500
Missouri Recycling Association MORA Administrative and Conference Support Funds will support the administrative salary for MORA, the state-wide recycling association. $34,500
Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Clean, Green, Activiate - Reducing Alley Illegal Dumping Funds will support the efforts to reduce illegal dumping at four alley ways in NE Kansas City. $12,400
Product Stewardship Institute Making Paint Stewardship a Reality for Missourians Funds will support the work to help bring a paint stewardship program to Missouri  $44,796
Rick Caplan INVESTT Funds will support education on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling to middle-school students. $16,530
Ripple Glass Ripple Glass Commercial Collection Truck Funds will support the purchase of a truck and containers for business glass recycling $136,945
ScrapsKC School Supply Diversion System Funds will support the salaries to operate a year-round school supply diversion program for teachers. $83,617
Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity New Lee's Summit ReStore Funds will support the purchase of a truck and forklift for a new Habitat ReStore in Lee's Summit  $63,090 
Total Approved Open Call Grant Projects $698,855


2022 Grant Recipients

Entity Project Description Amount
KC Dumpster C & D Recycling Equipment Funds will support the purchase of a sorting system for a construction and demolition materials recycling facility.  $500,000
Missouri Recycling Association (MORA MORA Operations and Conference Salary for executive director and expenses toward the 2022 MORA conference to take place in Kansas City. $69,692
Elm Dirt Worm Farm Equipment Funds to purchase equipment and support a salaried position for  a private worm farm. $49,900
KC Library KC Library Recyclable Materials Baler Funding for the purchase and installation of a baler for materials generated at the KC Public Library. $42,00
KC Can Compost Business Growth Manager Funds will support the position of a business growth manager. $40,691
Sleepyhead Beds Digital Marketing and Earned Media Campaign Funds for a digital marketing campaign for mattress reuse.  $31,500
Total Approved Open Call Grant Projects $733,783

Complete list of grants awarded since 1993