Subject 110-28-1 AWAY FROM HOME SPECIAL EVENT RECYCLING GRANT PROGRAM
The purpose of the Away From Home/Special Event Recycling Grant Program is to provide eligible applicants supplies and equipment for the collection of recyclables at special events, conferences, public facilities, or community festivals and events. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 50-8-8, the Away From Home/Special Event Recycling Grant Program shall be administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
|(1)||Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.|
|(2)||Department means the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.|
|(3)||Eligible Applicant means any county, municipality, consolidated government, or solid waste authority.|
|(4)||In-kind means any non-cash item(s) or labor donated to the program.|
|(5)||Program means an Away From Home/Special Event Recycling Program designed to meet the objectives of O.C.G.A. § 12-8-21 by developing or promoting waste disposal reduction practices.|
|(6)||Away From Home/Special Event Recycling Grant means a grant provided to an eligible applicant to incorporate recycling into their solid waste management waste disposal reduction strategy.|
|(1)||When funding permits, the Department shall hold a competition to encourage eligible applicants to initiate a Program in their community. Notification for applications shall be determined annually by the Commissioner.|
|(2)||Following an initial announcement and two week notification period, applications will be accepted and awarded based upon an applicant's demonstrated ability to implement the Program.|
Purchased equipment and supplies for Away From Home/Special Event Recycling grants will be allocated based upon available supplies and equipment during a competition period established by the Commissioner. The Department shall establish a master contract with a vendor or vendors to supply applicants with recycling containers, supplies, and hauling trailers. When a grant is awarded, the Department will authorize the delivery of the requested materials to the awarded applicants until funds under the master agreement have been exhausted.
|(1)||Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, establishing a recycling collection program that includes the use of specialized containers and trailers to collect recyclables at community events or functions, public facilities, and programs or events conducted by the applicant.|
|(2)||Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to, the distribution or use of granted equipment and supplies that would violate the gratuities clause of the State Constitution.|
|(1)||An eligible applicant, as defined in 110-28-1.02(3), may apply for Away From Home/Special Event Recycling equipment and supplies. If more than one eligible applicant is party to the application then one of the eligible applicants must be designated as the lead agency responsible for administering the grant.|
|(2)|| In order to be eligible to receive an
Away From Home/Special Event Recycling equipment, an eligible applicant must
demonstrate and be in compliance with the following:
The maximum equipment and supply award for an Away From Home/Special Event Recycling Equipment Grant will be based upon demonstrated need. Eligible applicants applying for a grant will be encouraged to match the grant through cash or in-kind services. Matching funds are not required to receive a grant.
Eligible applications received during a competition period will be reviewed by a grant review team to determine the merit of the application and whether the grant shall be awarded. In determining whether an applicant shall receive a grant award, the grant review team will consider the following factors:
|(a)||the demonstrated need of the project and its compatibility with a community's existing solid waste management program; and|
|(b)||the inclusion and quality of an educational component including the use of partnerships with existing public education groups such as Keep America Beautiful Affiliates; and|
|(c)||the reliable estimate of the volume of recyclable materials to be collected in the Program; and|
|(d)||the reliable estimate of the number of individuals that will have access to recycling as a result of the Program; and|
|(e)||the reliable estimate of the number of events were the equipment will be used; and|
|(f)||other information submitted by the applicant and deemed relevant by the Department.|
|(1)||Applications received on or before the first Friday of the month after the initial two week announcement period will be reviewed using the criteria outlined in 110-28-1-.08 on or before the third Friday of the month. When all available supplies and equipment have been awarded, the Commissioner shall announce the grant period closed as outlined in 110-28-1.10.|
|(2)||Upon selection by the Department, eligible grant recipients shall enter into a contract with the Department specifying the terms and conditions for the receipt of grant supplies and equipment. Upon the execution of the contract, the Department will authorize the contract Vendor or Vendors to disburse the awarded supplies and equipment to the applicant.|
Funding for this grant program comes from the Solid Waste Trust Fund. This grant program will cease upon the distribution of the recycling supplies and equipment purchased with the awarded funds.