Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
Securing funding for market development agencies and capital to establish or expand recycling collection, processing, and manufacturing operations is a high priority. The links below provide lists of helpful publications, organizations and agencies, and programs that increase funding and financing opportunities for agencies and businesses.
Funding Sources for Public Agencies
Publications and Tools
Organizations and Agencies
- Economic Development Administration (EDA)
A government agency established to generate new jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth.
- The Foundation Center
A guide to philanthropy and foundations around the country.
- Local Government Environmental Assistance Network
A forum and clearinghouse for environmental information, including grants and loans, for local governments.
- Center for Environmental Research
A national center whose primary responsibility is to issue and manage environmental research grant and fellowship programs.
- EPA Region 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Includes community funding sources and the environmental education grants program.
- EPA Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
Provides a quick way to review several grant and funding sources.
- EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam)
Includes community funding sources and funding for solid waste projects.
- Home Depot Grant Program
A grant program designed to support the work of nonprofit organizations around the world to further environmental research and education.
- Pollution Prevention Incentives for States (PPIS)
A grant program that provides matching funds to states to support pollution prevention activities and develop state programs.
- Science to Achieve Results (STAR)
A grant program coordinated by the National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance. University and not-for-profit research institutions are eligible for STAR program grantscompetitive, investigator-initiated research grants fostering innovative and far reaching scientific projects that will assist in solving future environmental problems and fill gaps in knowledge necessary to meet EPA regulatory goals.
Financing for Businesses
Publications and Tools
- Beyond The Bank: A Primer on Non-Traditional Financing Strategies for the Recycling Industry (PDF) (18 pp, 174K, about PDF)
A resource providing the fundamentals of financing and business development as well as a detailed account of various non-traditional financing tools.
- A Financing Guide for Recycling Businesses: Investments, Forums, Meetings, and Networks
This guidebook is designed to help recycling businesses identify sources of capital and foster awareness of these opportunities among financiers.
- Financing Recycling-Related Ventures
This report is useful for officials in economic development and environmental agencies, as well as entrepreneurs, interested in starting a recycling-related venture. The report outlines the types and sources of financing available for start-up and expansion activities, including debt, bond, lease, and equity participation loans.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
2425 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Contact: Publications Department
Phone: 202 232-4108
Fax: 202 332-0463
- Grant Resources for Solid Waste Activities in Indian Country (88 pp, 5.9MB) | Text Version (text file)
An EPA grant resource guide designed to help tribes, Alaska native villages, and community and nonprofit organizations identify financial assistance opportunities for their solid waste management programs.
- Merger and Acquisition Activity in the Recycling Industry
The purpose of this report is to illustrate to founders and early stage investors in private recycling companies that a merger with larger public or private firms is a viable exit strategy. The report provides synopses of many active companies, along with their sales, income, stock ticker, CEO, and contact information.
Council of State Governments
3560 Iron Works Pike
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910
Phone: 800 800-1910
Fax: 859 244-8001
- Sustainable Business.com
Provides information and networking opportunities to accelerate momentum toward a green economy. Visitors can read Sustainable Business Insider magazine, post business opportunities, find a green business job, or use the sustainable business library.
Organizations and Programs
A network of websites for scholars, scientists, and R&D professionals. The Funding Opportunities section is updated daily and contains detailed information for more than 18,000 available research grants worldwide. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial before purchasing.
- Investors Circle
Investors Circle is a network of investors who look for early stage venture deals that combine social/environmental returns with competitive financial returns. Investors' Circle members are interested in finding companies in the following industries: health care, education, environment, community development, and women- and minority-owned businesses.
- National Recycling Financing Initiative
An initiative, coordinated by the National Recycling Coalition, that aims to increase financing opportunities for recycling businesses. Visit this page to learn about the initiative, available financing resources, a financing tool kit, and information on investment forums and education and training.
- SBIR/STTR Conference Center
Contains news concerning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conferences and links to information about the National SBIR Program.
- NISTs Advanced Technology Program (ATP)
A unique partnership between government and private industry to accelerate the development of high-risk technologies that promise significant commercial payoffs and widespread benefits for the economy. The ATP is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
A government agency striving to protect the interests of the nations small business community by working with lending institutions and venture capital financing sources. SBA financing is offered through the agencys general business loan programs described at their webw site.
- Small Business Innovative Research Program
An important part of EPAs research and development efforts, the SBIR Program makes awards to small, high-tech firms for research and development of cutting-edge technologies.
- Sustainable Jobs Fund (SJF)
A community development venture capital fund that makes investments in growth enterprises which create quality jobs in economically distressed regions of the eastern United States. SJFs strategic focus is on the recycling, remanufacturing, environmental and other sectors that are uniquely suited to generating employment for former welfare recipients and low-income individuals.
- USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS)
Administers a number of programs designed to help foster a strong business environment in rural America. The emphasis is on funding projects that create or preserve quality jobs and/or promote a clean rural environment. Funds can be used to finance the building of facilities.