Green School Grant Program

To all members of the NYSAR3 network and 3R's community, we hope you all are staying safe and healthy in this unprecedented time.


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 funds to rejuvenate existing programs, or to develop new programs centered around the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). Awards are given twice yearly; this is a competitive grant so new, innovative ideas, imagination, ingenuity and initiative are highly valued.  For each round there is a limited pool of available funds and not all projects may be awarded, up to $1000.00.  Further, those projects awarded may not receive all the funds requested.


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)

Please submit completed applications to:

Mail To:

1971 Western Ave. #1180
Albany, NY 12203


Email Application To:

Congratulations to the Fall 2020 Grant Winners:

The Harley School, Rochester, NY::
Creating a composting system that reduces waste and supports learning of sustainable behavior by Harley students, faculty, and staff.

Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville, NY:
Creating a worm composting program within the school system. 

F.E.Smith Intermediate School, Cortland, NY:
Promoting composting and gardening practices through a student-run composting program. New composting receptacles and compost equipment will be purchased.


Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Grant Winners:

Seth Low IS96, Brooklyn, NY:
Expanding their current recycling program to include composting and vermicomposting fro their school garden.

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, NY:
Setting up a compost program to take the waste from their culinary class to convert to compost for the outdoor garden and compost tea for the indoor hydroponic system.

Edward J. Russell Elementary, Pine Bush, NY:
Creating a uniform, functional recycling program with a newly formed Green Team.

Harmony Hill, Cohoes, NY:
Creating a closed-loop organics program where vegetables are grown for local use and organics are composed for use in the garden.

Shenendehowa HS West, Clifton Park, NY:
Expanding their recycling program to recover bottles, including at special events.


Congratulations to the Spring 2019 Grant Winners:

Finger Lake Technical and Career Center, Stanley, NY (FLTCC):
Purchased several vermicompost bins, their associated equipment, and a bin to collect and hold food scraps, all to accommodate the amount of compostable material generated by the Culinary Program at FLTCC.

Jesse T. Zoller Elementary School, Schenectady, NY:
Purchased a half dozen compost and vermicompost (worm compost) bins, as well as supplemental educational materials. Diverting more of their school ground trimmings and meal program’s food scrap (gardening vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants and composting some of their yard’s grass and leaves).

French Road Elementary School, Rochester, NY:
Purchased supplies needed to implement a “Backyard Vermicomposting” workshop. Organics collected from the cafeteria will be hauled to local farms and vermicomposted.

Lake Placid Central School District, Lake Placid, NY:
Retrofitting a shipping container to house a high flow drum composter arriving this summer as part of a grant from North Country School Camp Treetops (NCT). Aimed to process the school's food waste along with residents’ and a local deli.

Hermon DeKalb Central School, De Kalb Junction, NY:
Retrofitting a shipping container to house a high flow drum composter arriving this summer as part of a grant from North Country School Camp Treetops (NCT). Aimed to process food waste generated by the school, SUNY Canton, and two local restaurants, as well as sawdust from Amish sawmills.

McGraw Junior/Senior High School, McGraw, NY:
Purchased materials needed to build a composting bin to start a composting program, and a Terracycle bin to collect snack wrapper packaging.


Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Grant Winners:

United Nations International School, New York, NY:
Purchased new cafeteria sorting station for improved flow of people and supplies for station monitors as part of its, “ultimate goal of sending little or no waste to landfill.” Their zero waste program will also include education by Green Guides (a program created by Cafeteria Culture).

RT Hudson Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School, Bronx, NY:
Purchased equipment and tools for implementation of a food scraps recovery program. They plan to grow produce in a nearby community garden, harvest it for consumption, sale and donation, and compost the remainder.

Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Ithaca, NY:
New classroom compost and recycling bins, a cafeteria compost bin, and bin signage to encourage proper waste disposal and decrease contamination to zero to five percent.

Olmsted Highschool, Buffalo, NY:
Purchased three new compost tumblers and one paper shredder to accommodate its growing compost program.

Hawk Meadow Montessori School, Poughkeepsie, NY:
Implement a vermicomposting program for its students to understand the process of composting and purchased equipment for the program (worms, and a start infographic). 


Congratulations to the Spring 2018 Grant Winners:

Roy Campanella Occupational Training Center, Brooklyn, NY:
Expanded the school’s recycling collection efforts through the purchase of a large Rubbermaid tilt hand truck, a large,wheeled garbage can for hallway recycling pick up; and assorted other recycling equipment.

East Moriches School, East Moriches, NY:
Created plastic water bottle receptacles for each classroom. Made from refurbished 5-gallon pickle buckets donated by a local restaurant and painted blue (with donated paint).

Kingsford Park, Oswego, NY:
Vermicomposting (worm composting) stations in eight select classrooms, which will each receive components to set up a simple vermicomposting system.

P.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray, New York, NY:
Purchased recycling bins for classroom use to collect paper, as well as large bins for hallways, for larger items such as large pieces of cardboard. They will also begin collecting used writing and art implements, such as crayons, to be recycled.

Seneca Middle School, Holbrook, NY:
Expanded middle schools recycling efforts (which is now primarily paper recycling) to
include food waste composting. Four large recycle/compost bins were purchased for use in the


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.