Waste Reduction Grants

Display of waste items labeled landfill, compost, recycle.
This waste station was created with grant support.

Wake County Solid Waste Management offers grants to aid organizations in diverting waste from the landfill. Schools, nonprofits and businesses have received awards to expand recycling collection, start composting and turn waste into beneficial goods. Grantees may receive from $500 up to $10,000 to support innovative projects.

Applications are due no later than Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm. All grantees will have to register as a vendor with the Wake County Finance Department. Grant recipients will be notified in November 2021 and expected to implement their projects between January and June 2022. 

Download the PDF application and apply today! Do you have a great idea for a grant? Join a live webinar to learn how to avoid common mistakes in the grant application process. To receive the Microsoft Teams link, contact the program manager at 919-856-6432 or [email protected] 

Webinar Dates

Tuesday, September 14, 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Friday, September 17, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Grant Winners


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle received $6,600 to start on-farm composting of blemished produce.

Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary received $3,862 for a mobile kitchen to teach students how to prevent food waste while cooking.

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church received $6,000 to purchase bins, signage and educational materials to improve waste diversion efforts.

The Town of Wendell received $10,000 to purchase recycling receptacles and concrete pads to expand recycling for visitors and businesses in downtown.


North Carolina State University received $9,984 to pilot food waste collection in apartment-style residence halls.

North Ridge Elementary School received $4,600 to reduce cafeteria waste.

Poe Center for Health Education received $7,540 to expand composting and educate visitors and staff about preventing wasted food.

Triangle Repair Network received $2,970 to purchase tools and promote repair events.


First United Methodist Church-Cary received $1,200 to create a lending library for cutlery and update recycling signage.

Friends of NC Museum of Natural Sciences received $6,000 to compost organic waste in cafes and educate museum staff.

Live Nation received $5,000 to implement a recycling program in parking lots at its Raleigh amphitheater.

Locals Seafood received $10,000 to transform fish waste into a boutique pet treat.

North Carolina State University received $7,800 to improve recycling and composting collection at the Schaub Food Science building.

Sonoco Recycling received $10,000 to improve educational tours by replacing cameras in its Raleigh material recovery facility.