If you can answer yes to the following questions, there is a good chance it’s compatible with Metro Waste Authority’s Environmental Enhancement Grant program.

  1. Will this money allow me to make a sustainable and environmentally-friendly change to my project?
  2. Will my project educate others about the environment?
  3. Can my project serve as a model for others who want to take on similar projects?

We get really excited about all the great things happening in Central Iowa that positively impact our environment, so let us help you with your upcoming project. Your ideas and effort, along with $10,000, can make a big difference – just think of the possibilities!


Download the Environmental Enhancement Grant application. Enrollment closes November 1st.

Funding Priorities

  • Metro Waste Authority has the following environmental sustainability categories for funding:
  • Recycling or composting
  • Pollution prevention (e.g., hazardous waste reduction and management, etc.)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental education
  • Water quality protection or improvement
  • Cleanup events

Because funds are limited, Metro Waste Authority isn’t able to fund all projects submitted. Each request is evaluated on overall community impact, alignment with the funding priorities and support of MWA mission, population served, alignment of funding priorities, and with the Grant Program guidelines. Beautification projects are no longer funded through this Grant Program. Events and conferences can receive a $1,000 maximum award.


  • Metro Waste Authority will not consider reimbursement for:
  • Personnel expenses, including volunteer and staff time
  • Ongoing annual operating or project expenses
  • Grants to individuals
  • Projects not serving residents of Metro Waste Authority’s service area
  • Sales tax
  • Political parties, campaigns, or candidates
  • Organizations/associations redistributing funds to other groups
  • Conference or seminar attendance
  • Purchase of compost (please see nonprofit compost reimbursement application)

 Please note:

  • Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Applicants must submit their application for approval prior to carrying out their projects, not after completion of the project.
  • Projects must take place within the submitted fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • Priority will be given to applicants that have not received a Metro Waste Authority grant in prior years.


  • Failure to read and complete the following will result in no reimbursement.
  • All applicants must detail in their letter of intent on how they plan to publicize their project and Metro Waste Authority’s support of the project.
  • Submit a Final Report which details the use of their grant money and documents outcomes and results, as well as how the project was promoted and Metro Waste Authority, was recognized.
  • Documentation of expense or payment must be included with the Final Report. Examples include copies of a check or paid sales receipt.
  • The Final Report must be submitted no later than June 30. Failure to do so will result in no reimbursement.