USDA FY 2022 Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the OUAIP, is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to host a CFWR pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
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. Projects can be located in all community types including rural, urban and suburban.
USDA will accept proposals that address at least one of the following:
- 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
- Reduce municipal food waste; and
- Divert residential and commercial food waste from landfills
- County governments
- Special district governments
- City or township governments
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Independent school districts
Minimum cost share of 25 percent of the federal share awarded
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
FUNDING AVAILABLE: Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,200,000
Award Ceiling: $300,000
Award Floor: $45,000
Applicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 1, 2022.