Funding Opportunities for Communities
We are accepting applications for the 2025 fiscal year (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) now through February 2024. Priority will be given to applications received by January 31, 2024.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has the jurisdictional area of environmental responsibility over the prevention, control, and abatement of pollution caused by solid waste which presents a threat to human health or the environment, under provisions of 27A O.S. § 1-3-101 and 27A O.S. § 2-10-202.
The Executive Director of DEQ is authorized under the provisions of 27A O.S. §§ 2-3-201 and 2-3-202 to enter into contracts for the purpose of carrying out any of the purposes, objectives, or provisions of the Environmental Quality Code, Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes, for which DEQ has jurisdiction.
DEQ is authorized under the provisions of 27A O.S. § 2-10-802(C) to expend funds and enter into contracts with units of local government and political subdivisions of this State for purposes of administering the Oklahoma Solid Waste Management Act.
Grants are available to units of government, including tribal entities, political subdivisions of Oklahoma, components of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, local and statewide organizations representing municipalities or counties, or sub-state planning districts recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Non-profit organizations that can successfully demonstrate sole-source provisions of services may also be eligible to apply for funding.
- Grants are provided on a reimbursement basis.
- The first step in the process is to apply. Applications are now available online.
- Applications will be scored according to a variety of criteria. Specific criteria are provided in the applications.
- Grantees must enter into a formal Agreement with the DEQ as vendors. A fully executed Agreement and Purchase Order must be in place prior to project initiation. Funds spent prior to a formal Agreement and Purchase Order are not reimbursable.
- All awarded funding must be spent in the fiscal year granted. Agreements expire June 30, 2025.
- All grantees must track metrics specific to the project and provide monthly reports to DEQ.
- DEQ does not reimburse for buildings, vehicles, drones, laptops, or certain types of law enforcement equipment.
- Grants typically range between $1,000 and $50,000.
- NEW: DEQ will reimburse 80% of equipment costing between $5,000 – $50,000.
- Grant money is not guaranteed. Funding is limited. DEQ’s ability to fund requests to local governments is entirely dependent on the amount of money available to DEQ to issue grants.
- Additional information can be found within each grant application.
Process for Receiving Funds:
- Submit your application (click here)
- DEQ reviews application. Discussion between DEQ and applicant may occur at this time. Applicant sends revised Scope of Work and Budget to DEQ, if necessary.
- DEQ writes formal Agreement and sends through state’s procurement process for approval.
- DEQ sends applicant a formal Agreement to sign and return, electronically.
- DEQ signs, then sends an electronic copy of the fully executed Agreement and Purchase Order to applicant.
- Applicant may now begin to spend funds intended for reimbursement. Funds spent prior to a fully executed Agreement and Purchase Order (between steps 1-5) are not reimbursable.
- Applicant sends invoices and monthly reports to DEQ.
- DEQ reimburses invoices within 45 days.
- All invoices are due by August 31, 2025. Invoices submitted after August 2025 may not be reimbursed.
Types of Grants Available
Environmental Officer Grants
These grants are given to curtail illegal dumping and are not to exceed $50,000. They typically provide funding for the salary of one part-time Environmental Officer, equipment used in cleaning up dumpsites, labor, and other costs associated with clean-ups or collection events. Grant recipients are required to submit monthly invoices, photos, and track certain metrics, such as number of dumps identified, and pounds of trash picked up.
- Environmental Officer Grant Application – Word Version
These grants are for purchasing solid waste management equipment valued between $5,000 and $50,000. Examples include brush chippers, recycling equipment such as balers, HHW facility equipment, and composting equipment. These are typically one-time purchases. Storage and maintenance plans must be included in the application. The contractor is required to submit appropriate invoicing and provide monthly photos and metrics.
- Equipment Grant Application – Word Version
Collection Event Grants
Collection event grants are for hosting the collection of electronic waste (e-waste) and typically also include the collection of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, unwanted residential pharmaceuticals, scrap metal, and medical sharps. These grants are typically provided for one, or a series of, discrete collection events. The contractor shall use an R2 or e-Steward certified electronics recycler. The contractor shall coordinate with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics or their local Environmental Officer for coordination on pharmaceuticals. Information on medical sharps collection can be found in the application. Used tires may be collected for recycling using DEQ’s Tire Program. If collecting tires, your community may qualify as an Oklahoma Clean Community. For more information, e-mail (click here) or apply here. After each collection event, the contractor shall provide an invoice including a description of the event, photos, and the types and amounts of waste collected.
- Collection Event Grant Application – Word Version
Professional Service/Other Grants
These grants are for:
- Non-profit organizations that successfully demonstrate sole-source provisions of services.
- Grant opportunities that do not fall into one of the aforementioned categories. These may include one-time clean-ups, technical assistance, facility start-up support, and more.
The contractor is required to submit monthly invoices, metrics, photos, and descriptions of each month’s work.
- Professional Service/Other Grant Application – Word Version
Food Waste Management Projects
These grants are for a wide range of projects to reduce wasted food by diverting it from disposal to higher use. Examples include supplies and equipment to support school food share or community food recovery programs, and university research projects to define existing food recovery infrastructure.
- Food Waste Management Grant Application – Word Version