Reimbursable Grant Program

Being a community resource is fundamental to our mission in Polk County.

Metro Waste Authority is a regional government agency that was formed to manage the local landfill, Metro Park East. Landfills are scientifically engineered to protect our air quality and groundwater. But Metro Waste Authority goes beyond meeting the minimum environmental requirements.  Environmental protection is at the core of the organization – it drives our daily operations, as well as all programs and services we offer.

Metro Waste Authority has provided nearly $1 million to its member communities through grants for cleanups, waste reduction and diversion since 2001. The grant program offers a reimbursement to schools, public and private groups/clubs and neighborhood associations for projects with an environmental focus that are located in our service area.

As part of our commitment to the environment, we offer three different grant programs that encourage this work of others.

Environmental Enhancement Grant (Closed): $10,000

Metro Waste Authority is proud to support two large scale community projects once a year.

Mini Grants: $1,000

Metro Waste Authority provides catalyst funding for small to mid-scale projects in Metro Waste Authority's service area.

Nonprofit Compost Reimbursement

Metro Waste Authority encourages nonprofit organizations to apply for 50% reimbursement on compost purchases. 

Qualifying Areas

The Metro Waste Authority Grant Program is open to non-profits, governments and community groups within the communities it serves:

  • Alleman
  • Altoona
  • Ankeny
  • Bondurant
  • Carlisle
  • Clive
  • Dawson
  • Des Moines
  • Elkhart
  • Grimes
  • Hartford
  • Jefferson
  • Johnston
  • Linden
  • Minburn
  • Mingo
  • Mitchellville
  • Norwalk
  • Perry
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Polk City
  • Polk County (Unincorporated)
  • Prairie City
  • Redfield
  • Runnells
  • Sheldahl
  • Urbandale
  • Waukee
  • West Des Moines
  • Windsor Heights

Ensure Your Project is Reimbursed