Community Reuse Grant

Grant Overview  

NYSAR3  has developed the Community Reuse Grant to recognize community-based partnerships, businesses, groups, or non-profit organizations whose work has or will lead to lasting benefits that enhance community quality of life and ensure stewardship of the environment.

The applications will be reviewed and judged by members of the NYSAR3 Reuse Committee.  A total of $5,000 will be awarded, either to a single winner or divided amongst multiple winners.  The minimum award is $1,000.  Winner(s) will also receive a complimentary one-year NYSARmembership.   

Projects must meet the criteria listed below. 

Grant Eligibility:

  • Applicants can be community-based groups, businesses, partnerships, or non-profit organizations.
  • This grant is meant for reuse initiatives, projects that focus on recycling initiatives will not be considered. Reuse is any activity that lengthens the life of an item, either for its original purpose or for a new purpose. Recycling is the reprocessing of an item into a new raw material.
  • Composting and other organics-related projects will not be considered for this particular grant.
  • All questions must be answered for your submission to be considered.
  • A budget must be included in the submission packet for the application to be considered.
  • As NYSAR3 already provides College and Green Schools grants, K-12 schools and colleges are not eligible for this grant. For more information regarding these grants, visit our Grants page. 
  • If you are a reuse organization that partners with a college or university at the end of the year to facilitate student move out, please refer to the application for the College Council Grant, not this application. (College Council Grant is for colleges/universities that are members of the College Council)
  • Applications must be received no later than September 30, 11:59 p.m.

Grant Announcement:

The grant winner(s) will be contacted in mid-October and encouraged to attend and receive their award at the NYSAR3 Annual Conference & Trade Show at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY in mid-November. Grantee(s) who are not able to attend in person will be asked to submit a short video accepting the award.

Apply Now:

The 2024 Community Reuse Grant Application will be made available soon.