Municipal and Regional Grants and Technical Assistance

Available funding for the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Grant Program effective September 21, 2021

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding and technical assistance for Connecticut municipalities and regions through the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Grant program, pursuant to Public Act, Spec. Sess., June 2021, No. 21-2, § 308.  DEEP invites proposals seeking grant funds to help municipalities and regional waste authorities initiate and scale up Unit-Based Pricing (UBP) and food scrap collection efforts.  CT DEEP will also provide technical assistance through a contracted service provider to assist during the application process in development of a long-term strategy pursuant to Spec. Sess. P.A. 21-2, § 308.

Project proposals must include long-term implementation strategies for sustained waste reduction and diversion. Preference will be given to projects with potential for the largest volume of waste reduction in a short timeframe.

NEW: January 2022
SMM Grant Program Phase 2 Application

NOTE: Phase 2 application only accepted from eligible applicants that were invited to move to Phase 2.

October 19, 2021
Sustainable Materials Management Grant Question and Answer Document

Expression of Interest Form

Sustainable Materials Management Grant Information Session 
September 28, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Powerpoint Slides

Phase One: Expression of Interest

To receive funding under the SMM Grant program, applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest form as soon as possible, but no later than October 29, 2021 11:59PM to DEEP, outlining the proposal parameters and providing basic information to DEEP.


Please see the Grant Program RFA document, Section 3.1 for the Expression of Interest review criteria.

If you have questions about this form, please contact by October 5th, 2021.

Phase 2: Application

On or before November 16, 2021, selected applicants will be invited to meet with DEEP's technical assistance contractor and DEEP staff and subsequently submit their Phase 2 application.

Selected programs shall be designed to significantly reduce MSW disposal by supporting the initiation and/or scale-up of Unit-Based Pricing and food scrap diversion efforts. Project proposals must include long-term implementation strategies for sustained waste reduction and increased diversion.

In Phase 2, applicants will meet individually with DEEP’s technical assistance contractor and DEEP staff to discuss and refine their proposal and develop an application.  DEEP’s Solid Waste Permitting group will work with applicant during the evaluation/ intent to apply process to identify and facilitate any permitting/authorization requirements.

For more information about the SMM Grants Program, please contact

Content Last Updated January 24, 2022