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Call for Applications for Regional Solid Waste Minimization Projects

East Texas, August 15, 2022: ETCOG’s Solid Waste program is now accepting applications for its annual Municipal Solid Waste grant funds. Approximately $74,000 is estimated to be available from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) allocated funds to East Texas’s regional solid waste minimization efforts. Local governments and special districts may apply for funds by applying to ETCOG by September 15, 2022, no later than 4:00 PM. Applicants must be in the ETCOG 14-county service area, including Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.
“Something unique to this year’s grant opportunity is applicants can now request up to $4,000 for community clean-up events,” said ETCOG’s Economic Development Specialist, Lisa Smith. “We invite all interested applicants to join us for our grant workshop, where we will overview the requirements and how to successfully apply.”
Grant funding requests must support the goals and objectives of the ETCOG Regional Solid Waste Management Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to provide guidelines for current and future solid waste management to local governments in the region.
Entities eligible for funding under this program include cities, counties, public schools, and school districts, special districts created in accordance with state law with the authority and responsibility for water quality protection or municipal solid waste management, including river authorities.
Eligible project categories are 1) Local Enforcement, 2) Litter and Illegal Dumping Clean up and Community Collection Events, 3) Source Reduction & Recycling, 4) Local Solid Waste Management Plans, 5) Citizens’ Collection Stations and “Small” Registered Transfer Stations, 6) Household Hazardous Waste Management, 7) Technical Studies, 8) Educational and Training Projects.
The Request for Applications instructions and application forms are available online at Documents may also be requested by contacting Lisa Smith at (903) 218-6467 or
ETCOG will host the solid waste grant workshop on August 24 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at its office in Kilgore, TX. The workshop is a requirement to attend for all applicants.
The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) is a voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within the fourteen-county East Texas region. ETCOG assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. Established in 1970, ETCOG, either directly, or through its contractors, provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers, and job seekers. ETCOG and its contractors also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services; and deliver rural transportation services, business finance programs, and environmental grant funding for the region.

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