Raising funds is fundamental for implementing and ensuring continuity of pet waste repurposing projects. Applying for grants is a good way to organize the information needed for efficient operations. In some cases, simply asking a decision-making board to add a budget item is sufficient if enough local residents demonstrate enthusiasm for making a positive change. Obtaining a grant or fundraising assets can garner support from the public and key decision-makers.
Environmental grants are offered by federal, state, province, council, municipal governments, departments or agencies and nonprofits or foundations. Many have specific requirements and US grants are often posted online like this US EPA site. In Australia many local governments (councils) offer small community grants, and some have grants specifically for environmental projects.
Online search engines will help you find grants specific to your project needs. Simply search for “grants” with key words including location or request email notifications based on key words.
EPWN will post relevant grant opportunities. Let us know if you have information to share.
Communities may need to contract with businesses to procure products and services needed to implement pet waste repurposing operations. Services might include local collection, grounds maintenance or composting assistance. Sometimes large quantities of supplies such as pick-up bags, bins, and signs are essential.
Issuing an RFP announcement in a publication or at a site where businesses will consider making a bid might make it more likely that you have your needs met at a level of quality and price best suited to your needs.
Small grant example – local dog park
The Port Elliot Dog Waste project in South Australia is an example of a community-led project funded in 2019 by a council environment grant auspiced by the local community association. The project included a 12-week dog park trial with weekly weigh ins and a green bin collection diverting dog waste from landfill and into compost. The green bin collection service is ongoing.
Seniors community successful with grant – Aurora, Colorado
The Green Team’s project at Heather Gardens senior living community started in early 2018 when members wanted to reduce un-scooped dog poop. Pet parents get to sign up monthly to a supply of free certified compostable dog waste pick-up bags. The centers extensive outdoor walkway has 26 strategically placed collection bins for “Dog Poop in Compostable Bags Only.” A pet scoop company collects the pet waste and take it to a composting facility.