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ADEQ Recycling Grants FAQs

Revised On: Nov.17, 2023 - 12:00 p.m.

The following frequently asked questions and answers can help interested groups learn more about the ADEQ Recycling Grant application process: 

No, the maximum award eligibility would remain the same for the proposed project.

End Markets are programs that process material and/or use that material in a manufacturing process to create new products.

At this time, we anticipate the funding availability for the next two years. ADEQ is working to secure sustainable funding for the grant program to continue beyond the current time frame.

The Arizona Recycling Advisory Committee may choose to require oral presentations. Applicants will be notified if such a requirement is decided by the committee.

No, the Arizona Recycling Advisory Committee will determine if in-person or oral presentations will be requested.

No. Projects must align with the project timeline specified at the time of award so that all awarded projects begin and end concurrently.

Grant-giving organizations may require applicants to have matching funds available to complete the project. This would require that recipients acquire a percentage of the project costs from other funding sources. The ADEQ Recycling Grant is not requiring matching funds for the FY2024 award.

FY2024 grant does not require matching funds, so it is not necessary to include in the application. However, matching funds information may be included in the application to demonstrate capacity to complete the proposed project.

Outreach and education materials, staff time and other costs associated with the project.

We consider all project-related costs as direct costs and do not differentiate between “overhead costs” and project costs. Ensure the resources and products estimated are directly related to the project.

The organization will keep the equipment, subject to specific retention requirements that are described in the Terms and Conditions document under 6.11 Equipment.

The Recycling Research & Development grant would be the appropriate grant to apply for the development portion of the project, while the marketing of the developed software or app could be considered education and outreach in a Waste Reduction Initiative Through Education grant.

Yes, all funds must be spent by the end of the grant term and be reported in the Final Grant Report.

The Waste Reduction Assistance grant has a special category of award for the creation of new end markets with a maximum award of $500,000. No other project types will be prioritized for the FY2024 awards.

The Arizona Recycling Advisory Committee will review eligible applications received by the application deadline and make recommendations to the ADEQ Director, who will review and approve final awards.

The applying organization’s “indirect costs” are considered “direct costs” in the grant budget plan. This is based on the assumption that the resources listed as overhead costs in an organization would be working as a direct resource in terms of ADEQ’s selected project.

Only if there is a clear explanation of how the proposed project is designed to scale up, create new markets or products, expand capacity, etc. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for increasing current activities with defined outcomes, not as replacement funding for existing activities. Also, the specific activities you are requesting funding for cannot have begun before the award is granted; this must be a new project or distinct phase of a project, e.g., development, marketing and outreach, manufacturing, etc.

If the activities are combined in terms of activities, resources, etc., then they would be considered the same project and have one application. If the activities for the different commodities or products are separate, you may submit separate applications for each project.

Yes, as long as the outcomes and impact are targeted within Arizona.

We do not have relevant examples to share at this time. While we do have examples from awarded grants 14-plus years ago, grant requirements have since changed, as have technology, education, and recycling research and development. 

Yes, for-profit activities are allowable.

All eligible applicants may request a maximum of $100,000 of Waste Reduction Initiative Through Education grant funds per application. Applications for more than the maximum amount will not be considered. 

Eligible parties must submit their application(s) by 3 p.m. local (Arizona) time on Dec. 1, 2023, for the FY2024 grant award. All grantees will have one year from the date awarded to complete the project.

You can visit our recycling grants webpage to review the acceptable expenditures for each type of grant: Waste Reduction Assistance, Waste Reduction Initiative Through Education, or Recycling Research and development | Visit Page >


To address the immediate question and based on the language within the Guidance Manual and Grant Terms and Conditions (T&C), "funds shall not be used to pay for existing personnel" under the Waste Reduction Assistance (WRA) Grant opportunity. Thus, existing personnel are not allowable and must be listed as in-kind match only.

As noted in the Guidance and T&C documents, match is not required in FY24. If the applicant will use existing personnel to achieve the expected outcomes for their project they must identify their in-kind contribution within the application (budget form/narrative).  If the applicant chooses to include in-kind match contributions then that obligation must be fulfilled.

We understand this is a factor for municipalities. If you have a category of partner(s) you know you will want to partner with, such as a specific category of NGO’s, private businesses, etc., list the type of partner and their expected activities and costs in your application.

The project timelines cannot be extended at this time. You are encouraged to apply for the phase(s) of a project that you know will be concluded by the end of the award cycle.

The $1 million is the total amount available for all Recycling Grants awards for FY2024. The limits for each type of project award are listed in the Recycling Grants Manual | View/Download Manual >

For example, being geographically isolated and/or a potential regional hub in a hub-and-spoke model?

Except for the increased potential award for the creation of new end markets in the Waste Reduction Assistance grant, there are no other types of projects, regions or target populations that will be prioritized in the FY2024 grant award. It is equally available statewide for any type of project or population.


This is allowable. Make sure each application covers a specific project or phase of a project and do not have overlap in activities in case you are not successful in obtaining awards for other applications that are interdependent.

That depends on the expected activities and outcomes of the project you are seeking funding for. Review the Recycling Grants Manual for details about the intent and anticipated outcomes for each type of grant to determine the best fit for your project | View/Download Manual >

Yes, you may apply again next year for a previously awarded project to continue the activities, however, you will need to show you have new stated outputs or are beginning a new phase of the project.

In order to encourage the creation of end markets in Arizona, the Waste Reduction Assistance grant has a special category that has a higher potential award amount ($500,000). The limit of $250,000 is aimed at providing funding for capital purchases, such as equipment. Review the Recycling Grants Manual for specific details on the goals and requirements for projects under each grant type | View/Download Manual >