Hennepin County is providing funding through a new grant program to support projects that prevent waste in the business sector. Areas of focus include replacing disposable packaging, dishes, utensils and cups with reusables, food waste prevention utilizing tracking software and putting food byproducts to greater use, eliminating the use of poly bags for shipping products, and innovative projects around research and development to prevent waste.
This year $300,000 is available for business waste prevention grants. Each applicant may apply for up to $50,000 toward a project, with a minimum of $5,000. Grants over $10,000 require a 25% match. Review the 2021 waste prevention grant guidelines (PDF) for details on this new grant program.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Friday, November 12, 2021, or until the annual program budget is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Visit the business recycling web page to learn more and apply.