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CAPCOG, like other councils of governments, uses state funds provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) generated from landfill tipping fees to support eligible solid waste projects within the region that help implement the regional solid waste management plan.

Current grant application opportunities

The CAPCOG Solid Waste Grant Program is estimated to provide $224,000 in pass-through funding to communities in its 10-county region for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years. Grant funds will be assigned for each fiscal years during one RFA. Grant funds are available to local governments, public schools and school districts, and general and special law districts created in accordance with state law, and with the authority and responsibility for water quality protection or municipal solid waste management. Funds may be used for projects under seven categories:

  • Household hazardous waste management
  • Local environmental law enforcement
  • Litter and illegal dumping clean-up and community collection events
  • Source reduction and recycling
  • Citizens’ collection stations
  • Educational and training programs
  • Other eligible solid waste management projects, including scrap tires projects

For more details, read the Request for Applications.

The following documents are associated with this RFA and applicants should review these documents prior to applying for a grant:

Solid Waste Grant Timeline & Updates

Below is a list of key processes needed to apply for the grant.
Get a full grant timeline.

Grant Workshops – Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 2019 both a.m. and p.m. workshops available

CAPCOG offers four solid waste grant application-writing workshops at its offices which will take place in November and December. While the workshops are not required, they were recommended for those who are interested in applying for a grant. These workshops cover topics including:

  • Grant eligibility
  • Grant selection process
  • Completing the application
  • Funding categories
  • Funding standards and project reporting

Get the 9 a.m. Nov. 19 workshop details and register to attend.

Get the 1 p.m. Nov. 19 workshop details and register to attend.

Get the 9 a.m. Dec. 3 workshop details and register to attend.

Get the 1 p.m. Dec. 3 workshop details and register to attend.

RFA Questions and Answers – Dec. 15, 2019

CAPCOG offers individual assistance to any applicants who attend the above workshops, including a preliminary review of an application to ensure that it will pass all screening criteria, as long as such requests are received prior to Dec. 15, 2019. Questions about this RFA, should be submitted to the Regional Service administrative assistant. Throughout the RFA process, CAPCOG assembles questions and provides a Q&A document. CAPCOG expects to provide an updated Q&A each week through January 2, 2020. Check back weekly for an updated Q&A document.

Read last year’s Q&A.

Application Deadline – 5 p.m., January 2, 2020

Applications can be submitted electronically to Ken May or mailed or hand delivered to the following address before the application deadline:

CAPCOG SW Program
ATTN: Ken May
6800 Burleson Road, Bldg 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744-2306

Processes Private Industry Review – Jan. 10, 2020

In accordance with TCEQ’s Administrative Procedures, CAPCOG will notify private industry solid waste service providers in writing at least seven days before the SWAC meets to score and rank applications. Applicants will be notified of any objections and have an opportunity to resolve any issues before the SWAC scoring meeting. Private industry objections to any applications must be received in writing no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan, 16, 2020, in accordance with TCEQ’s Administrative Procedures.

SWAC Scoring Meeting – Jan. 23, 2020

Applicants will be provided an opportunity to present their application for up to five minutes to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee. Following each presentation, the SWAC will have opportunity to ask questions about each application for up to 5 minutes. Each SWAC member will then have 5 minutes to score each application. The meeting details are as follows: 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 CAPCOG Pecan Room 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 Austin, TX 78744. While attendance is not mandatory, applicants are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Previous Solid Waste Grants

2018-19

The CAPCOG Executive Committee assisted in funding 11 projects during the 2018-19 grant cycle. About $183,000 was spent in support of these projects.

Review the funded projects.

2016-17

The CAPCOG Executive Committee supported 14 projects with funding during the 2016-17 grant cycle. Funding supplied through the grant totaled $224,208. The region received 25 applications.

Review a list of projects funded by the Solid Waste Grant Program.

2014-15

Sixteen project received more than $220,000 during the 2014-15 grant cycle. 

See the list of grant applications approved by CAPCOG’s Executive Committee and TCEQ.

Contact Ken May, regional program coordinator, for questions about the previous grant process.