Dakota County is committed to community outreach to promote a healthy environment for current and future generations. There are many ways you can get involved.
The following funding programs are available to help start or maintain community-based environmental projects:
Community POWER funding
Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) grants are available around the first quarter of each year for schools and non-profit organizations through Rethink Recycling, a project of the six-county Twin Cities metro area Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB).
Through the Community POWER program, up to $12,000 in project funding plus technical assistance is available to schools and nonprofit organizations for projects that propose new and innovative ways to educate and actively engage residents to recycle and reuse more, reduce waste and toxicity, compost yard and food waste and plan green events.
Grant recipients must serve communities in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey or Washington counties. Visit the Rethink Recycling website to learn more and apply for Community POWER grants.
Community funding for cities and townships
Dakota County provides performance-based funding to cities and townships for waste reduction, reuse and recycling activities though a Community Funding program. Funds provided from the state are used to help the county and local governments accomplish state law requirements to develop and implement recycling programs. Dakota County works with community recycling coordinators on the annual funding program.
Support for enhanced public school recycling
Dakota County’s School Recycling Program provides infrastructure support, such as recycling containers, labels, education and technical assistance, to schools to help them improve recycling. Schools participating in the Program have demonstrated better than a 30 percent increase in recycling.
Public schools in Dakota County are annually solicited to participate in the program. Schools must complete an application for consideration provided by the County. Schools are selected that best meet established project criteria, including having an existing recycling program, school leadership support, school(s) need to fall within the boundaries of the county and existing youth groups to help implement the project. Interested schools are encouraged to contact the School Recycling Program coordinator for more information about the funding program.