Funding Opportunities for Communities

**We are not accepting applications at this time**


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.

Basic Information:

  • 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.
  • All awarded funding must be spent in the fiscal year granted.  Agreements expire June 30, 2021.
  • 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.
  • DEQ does not reimburse for buildings, vehicles, drones, or certain types of law enforcement equipment.


Grants are available to units of government, political subdivisions of Oklahoma, components of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, local and statewide organizations representing municipalities or counties, or substate 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.

Types of Grants Available


Environmental Officer Grants 

These grants are given to curtail illegal dumping. They typically provide funding for the salary of one part-time Environmental Officer, equipment used in cleaning up dump sites, and labor and other costs associated with clean-ups. Grant recipients are required to submit monthly invoices and track certain metrics, such as number of dumps identified, and pounds of trash picked up.

Large Equipment Grants

These grants are for purchasing large equipment to manage solid waste, such as brush chippers and balers used for recycling. These are typically one-time purchases. The contractor is required to submit an invoice and provide a report at the end of the fiscal year.

Collection Event Grants

These grants are typically for hosting the collection of household hazardous waste (HHW), electronic waste, and/or medical pharmaceuticals. They are typically provided for one, or a series of, discrete collection events. The contractor is required to submit a report after each event. Electronic waste collection events must use an e-Stewards or R2 certified e-waste recycler.

Professional Service/Other Grants

These grants are for non-profits and other projects that do not fit into one of the other categories. The contractor is required to submit monthly invoices and describe the month’s work.