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SUBMITTED by Marjorie Torelli (6-Mar-2012)

A little money in the right place can make all the difference for a struggling effort. The NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling (NYSAR3) has a grant program for public and private schools Grades K-12 for the purpose of providing seed or start-up money for recycling / waste reduction programs in public and private schools. Over sixty (60) NYS schools and/or school districts have benefited financially from the program, to say nothing of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling/waste reduction programs in 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.

The NYSAR3 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 www.nysar3.org) 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.

All public and private schools Grades K -12 in New York State are eligible to apply for funding. 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 NYSAR3 and others; Submit a completed application with supporting documents by Friday, March 30, 2012 or by Monday, October 1, 2012.

Schools or school districts that have already received a grant are currently ineligible.

For more information, go to the NYSAR3 website (www.nysar3.org) and click on the “Green Schools” tab. Application information and forms are in a printable format at that site.

NYSAR3 is the association for recycling professionals in New York State. Membership includes municipal recycling coordinators as well as industry representatives. Individuals are able to join NYSAR3 and participate in the benefits including access to the membership list, a quarterly e-newsletter and participation in annual conferences.

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