Grants for recycling programs

131 recycling programs received at least $330,800 in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 175 grants made from 126 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 126 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to recycling programs, and 3% made grants to four or more recycling programs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$330,800
Total grant dollars given to recycling programs
175
Number of grants made annually to recycling programs
126
Number of grantmakers funding recycling programs
$1,000
Median grant size to recycling programs

Foundations that support recycling programs

Out of all grants made to recycling programs, 66% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 26% of the dollar-value of grants to recycling programs. Foundations funding recycling programs also made grants to food banks, homeless shelters, animal shelters, youth development programs, and universities.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
84
Medium
 
22
Large
 
20
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
6
Private
 
100
Corporate
 
7
Other
 
13

Grants made

Grants made to recycling programsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
113
2-3
 
9
4-10
 
3
11+
 
1

Top 10 foundations supporting recycling programs

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to recycling programsNumber of grants made to recycling programsMedian grant size
Lumina FoundationINNational0.0%22$15
Clif Bar Family FoundationCANational1.1%9$4,000
Carmax FoundationVANational0.1%6$550
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%5$1,000
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.0%3$1,500
Land O'Lakes FoundationMNNational0.0%3$50
The Autzen FoundationORMetro0.6%2$4,250
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks - 83 Upper SanduskyOHState6.6%2$1,012
The Boston Foundation (TBF)MAMetro0.0%2$1,000
Eugene Dozzi Charitable FoundationPAMetro0.5%2$750

Recycling programs grantees

Recycling programs with more than $5 million in total revenues received 13% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 15% of all recycling programs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
175
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
0

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,837
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$550
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Indiana
 
27
California
 
19
Minnesota
 
15
Massachusetts
 
15
Other
 
99

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Indianapolis
 
27
Minneapolis
 
15
Boston
 
12
Los Angeles
 
10
Other
 
100

Top 25 grants made to recycling programs

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Hero Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization$5,000General Operating SupportAlex Stern Family Foundation
Earth Matter NY$5,000Environment and Conservation Program SupportGreater Green Bay Community Foundation (GGBCF)
Eco-Cycle$5,000Resident Engagement and Community OrganizingThe Denver Foundation
Bowling Green Recycling Center$5,000Charitable SupportThe O-I Charities Foundation
Asheville Greenworks$5,000Unrestricted Grant for Donee's Exempt Purpose.The Nararo Foundation
The Green Chair Project$5,000General OperatingCredit Suisse Americas Foundation
Earth Matter NY$5,000General SupportAppaloosa Management Charitable Foundation
Teaching Beyond the Square$5,000Exempt PurposePRB Foundation
Ecology Action of Texas$5,000Enabling More Americans To Enjoy NatureClif Bar Family Foundation
Indiana Recycling Coalition$5,000Reducing Waste & Advancing Renewable EnergyClif Bar Family Foundation
Emergent Structures$5,000Reducing Environmental Health HazardsClif Bar Family Foundation
Every Tray Counts$5,000Reducing Waste & Advancing Renewable EnergyClif Bar Family Foundation
Cloud City Conservation Center$5,000Covid-19 ResponseRocky Mountain Health Foundation
Hero Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization$5,000Medical Equipment CleaningBlue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota C
ReBuilding Center$5,000Affordable Housing Through Repair EducationThe Autzen Foundation
Reuseum Educational$5,000Support Re-Ed WorkshopsClaude R and Ethel B Whittenberger Foundation
Lower East Side Ecology Center$5,000General & UnrestrictedLouis and Anne Abrons Foundation
Bridging$5,000CharitableArchie D and Bertha H Walker Foundation
Source One Serenity$5,000Social Enterprise: Recycling With WoThe Reser Family Foundation
New York City H2o$5,000GeneralVan Ameringen Foundation
Turnip Green Creative Reuse$5,000Family Engagement Events at Turnip Green Creative Reuse After School ProgramsNashville Predators Foundation
The Sharing Tree Inc The Sharing Tree$5,000Program SupportMarvin P Verhulst Foundation
Boston Building Resources (BBR)$5,000To Help Support Housing for the NeedyLawrence Model Lodging Houses Trust Donald E Vaughan Et Al Trustees
New York City H2o$5,000General ContributionWilson Family Foundation / Wilson James M Ttee
Community Cycles$5,000Bicycle Recycling and Re-Use Project for Environmental HealthAEC Trust
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Recycling programs" category for this page is determined by the "C27: Recycling Programs" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.