AzRC Grant Opportunities 

2021-2022 Grant Application

Applications Due - November 1, 2021


Since its inception in 1993, the Arizona Recycling Coalition (AzRC) Grants Program has awarded more than $270,000 in funding to nonprofit organizations, local governments and tribal nations to significantly increase recycling and divert what is taken to the landfill. AzRC is a nonprofit organization of professionals and citizens pledged to promote recycling efforts in private, public and nonprofit sectors throughout Arizona.


Recycling and the circular economy are important parts to our community; they conserve natural resources, help the environment and create a more sustainable Arizona. The intent of the Grants Program is to develop new measurable recycling initiatives that significantly improve the recovery of recyclables and the circularity of Arizona. AzRC will award up to $5,000 in grant funding to a winning applicant.


 Applicants as defined:

  • In the recycling industry and engaged in the collection, transporting, processing, marketing, education/outreach of recyclable materials
  • Is a nonprofit, government agency, school, entrepreneur, or a tribal nation. Must provide proof on nonprofit status.
  • AzRC member in good standing. If not a member, grant funding will be used for a one year membership for the winning applicant.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to sustaining the project beyond the grant term and explain how that commitment will be maintained.

 Program eligibility as defined:

  • Funding for a project that result in a measurable reduction of materials that would otherwise would be landfilled.


 We review applications based on the following rubric:

  1. Impact: The impact the project will have on recycling and circular related efforts in Arizona
  2. Plausibility: The likelihood the goals outlined in the project proposal can be completed
  3. Creativity: The project promotes new, innovative, and replicable ideas for recycling efforts and/or improves the recovery of recyclables and circularity in Arizona. Preference for ideas that haven’t been awarded in the past
  4. Financial Viability: The ability to demonstrate financial need for the project as well as the ability to sustain and operate after AzRC funds have been expended

Application Deadline & Requirements

Grant applications must be submitted by November 1, 2021. 

The grant application can be submitted to [email protected] as a Word or PDF document or can be uploaded here. All applicants will receive confirmation of their electronic submission within 72 business hours of submission. If you do not hear from us, please contact us.

You will be informed of your application status, if you've been awarded or not before the Arizona Recycling Coalition Annual Member Meeting held in February 2022.

We require winning applicants:

  • Attend the Arizona Recycling Coalition Annual Meeting (Feb. 2022)
  • Credit the AzRC and put the AzRC logo on relevant project materials
  • Participate in a video interview with the AzRC
  • Provide the AzRC with a project update by Earth Day, April 22, 2022

Click here to download the application 
Submit Questions to [email protected]
Submit your application by clicking here!

Past Grant Awards