Nonprofits, schools, groups invited to recycling grant talk

The 2015 Community POWER grants program, sponsored by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board, is looking for non-profit organizations, schools and environmental groups to propose new and innovative ways to educate and actively engage residents to change their purchasing, reusing, and hazardous waste disposal behaviors in order to reduce garbage.

Approximately $95,000 is available in the grants program this year. Awards of $5,000 or $12,000 will be provided to selected grantees.

An information meeting about the program and the application process will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Roseville Public Library, 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville.

Examples of past grantees show a variety of ideas. Laura Jeffrey Academy, a St. Paul school, is one example. They made their Chili Cookoff green with compostable products, cutting their event waste almost in half. They made a bicycle-powered float out of reused or recycled materials. They hosted a Fix It Clinic in conjunction with Macalester Groveland Community Council, another grantee.                             

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville is another example. Twelve special events and projects included a junk mail reduction campaign, alternative gift-wrapping event, reusable shopping bag distribution to low-income families, and an Earth Day celebration. Through their outreach efforts, more than 10,000 church and community members received waste reduction information.

More than 180 groups have received grants since 2001.

Questions also can be sent to, or call 651-222-7227.

The deadline to apply is March 27. Applications are online at


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