Posted on August 03, 2022

2022 grant

It’s estimated that more than 1 million single-use water bottles are used every minute around the world.

While Metro Waste Authority recycles water bottles like these at our new, state-of-the-art Metro Recycling Facility, reducing the total number of single-use water bottles is a goal we should all share!

That’s why we are introducing a new grant to help cities and nonprofit organizations around the metro purchase water bottle filling stations. The grant covers up to $1,000 to purchase a new station, or retrofit an existing drinking fountain, to include a water bottle filling component.

Grant details:

  • The grant must be used for a water bottle filling station in a public, nonprofit space in Metro Waste Authority’s planning area:
    • Alleman
    • Altoona
    • Ankeny
    • Bondurant
    • Carlisle
    • Clive
    • Des Moines
    • Elkhart
    • Grimes
    • Hartford
    • Johnston
    • Mingo
    • Mitchellville
    • Norwalk
    • Pleasant Hill
    • Polk City
    • Polk County
    • Prairie City
    • Runnells
    • Sheldahl
    • Urbandale
    • West Des Moines
    • Windsor Heights
  • The grant dollars are to be used exclusively for the acquisition of the station itself and not for costs associated with installation.
  • The grant will cover up to $1,000 toward the cost of the station.
  • Proof of purchase of a water bottle filling station or retrofitting kit must be submitted for funds to be reimbursed. Reimbursement requests should be made prior to June 30, 2023.

Completed applications are due by Sept. 16.


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