Green School Grant Program


The NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling (NYSAR3) established a grant program for public and private schools Grades K-12 in 2005 for the purpose of providing seed, or start-up money for recycling/waste reduction programs in public and private schools. Since that time, nearly ninety (90) NYS schools and/or school districts have benefitted financially from the program, to say nothing of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling/waste reduction programs in schools.

The Board of Directors of NYSAR3 has voted to continue the program and encourages schools to apply for funding. The Board strongly recommends that prospective applicants first visit the following sites which will provide viable, sustainable ideas for successful programs:

The Board strongly encourages all applicants to reach out to their Town/County/Authority Recycling Coordinator (list found on for help in developing programs and developing strategic partnerships with local businesses, parent organizations, other institutions, etc. to help maintain waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs at schools.

The goal of this grant program is to provide up to $500 per school to rejuvenate existing programs or to develop new programs centered around the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). Awards will be made twice yearly; this is a competitive grant so imagination, ingenuity and initiative are valued. 


All public and private K -12 schools in New York State are eligible to apply for funding. Previous winners of this grant are eligible to apply again, provided that they are applying for support of a new program, or a new expansion of the existing program. Applicants and programs must:

  • Be a public or private school Grades K-12 located in New York State.
  • Agree to share their program information and data with NYSAR3and others.
  • Submit a completed application with supporting documents by indicated deadline.


Application packets must include all of the following 3 items:

1. Application Form (1 page) (see page 4)

2. Written Project Description (1 page or less) (see page 2 for requirements)

3. Supporting Documentation (if any, but no more than 3 double-sided pages)


This round of 2019 applications must be received by
Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Electronic submittals are preferred and fully acceptable. 

Click Here to Download the Spring 2019 Green Schools Grant Application


Please submit completed applications to:

Mail To:

1971 Western Ave. #1180
Albany, NY 12203


Email Application To:


Congratulations to the Fall 2017 Grant Winners:

Edison Career and Technical High School in Rochester, NY:
Leaf composting project to redirect yard waste into school's garden space and provide compost education to community.

Frewsburg - RHJ Elementary School in Frewsburg, NY:
Garden compost demonstration site and vermicompost project.

Olmstead High School in Buffalo, NY:
Cafeteria food waste recovery compost project.

Peachtown Elementary School in Aurora, NY:
"Zero Waste School" project with an emphasis on food waste composting.

Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, NY:
Recycling sorting stations throughout the school.

Cooke Elementary and Rutherford Elementary Schools in Monticello, NY:
Food recovery project to collect surplus school foods and donate to hungry students and/or local homeless via the County shelter.

HFM BOCES Agriculture PTECH in St. Johnsville, NY:
Waste reduction projects including textile reuse and recycling, composting, and bottle and can recycling.