Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Project

This program provides financial assistance to municipalities, school districts, counties, local governments, special district governments, tribal governments (State-designated Indian Tribes, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments), or tribal organizations to carry out food waste reduction and composting objectives. While applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that meet more than one of the objectives below (inclusion of multiple objectives will be considered when ranking proposals), proposals must address at least one of the following:

  • Food Waste Reduction Objectives
    • Reduce municipal food and waste
    • Divert residential and commercial food waste from landfills
  • ‚ÄĘComposting and Conservation Objectives
    • Generate compost
    • Increase access to compost for agricultural producers
    • Reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer
    • Improve soil quality
    • Encourage waste management and permaculture business development
    • Increase rainwater absorption

The purpose of the CFWR program is to enter into cooperative agreements with eligible entities to develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Proposed projects can be located in all community types including rural, urban and suburban.