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Three photos of past SWMD grant deliverablesThe MARC Solid Waste Management District Grant Program provides grant funds to local governments, private businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals for implementing waste reduction, reuse and recycling projects.

All projects must intend to improve and/or expand waste diversion within the MARC Solid Waste Management District, which represents Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties.

Funds can be used for various programs including education, waste reduction, re-use, recycling, composting, collection and processing, research and development and market development for products made with diverted materials. Grants are for one-year projects.


The district, made up of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray Counties and all cities therein, receives funds from the Missouri Solid Waste Management Fund to reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills.

Any municipality, county, public institution, not-for-profit organization, private business or individual currently operating in the District is eligible to apply.

Selection process

Applications are evaluated using criteria set forth in Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) regulations and are reviewed by a committee of five to eight volunteers, representing a variety of professional backgrounds. Recommendations for funding are presented to the district’s executive board and are submitted to the state for final approval.


A $2.11 fee is collected on each ton of solid waste disposed in Missouri landfills or transferred to out-of-state facilities. These funds support solid waste management and diversion programs coordinated by the state’s 20 solid waste districts, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and EIERA Missouri Market Development Program.

For more information, please contact Nadja Karpilow, 816-701-8226.