Local organizations awarded nearly $12,000!Last month, the Solid Waste District’s Board of Directors awarded four local organizations from the District’s Community Grants Program.  The funds will be used to undertake projects that promote sustainability and care for natural resources.

The organizations receiving grants include:

  • Danville Community High School Conservation Club
  • Guilford Civil Township/Hummel Park
  • Hendricks County 4-H and Agricultural Fair
  • Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School

Projects that focused on reuse took center stage in this latest grant round as all four of the awarded projects requested funds to purchase water bottle refill stations. These simple pieces of equipment remind people to refill their water bottles and make it very easy to do so. In addition, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School was awarded funds to buy recycling bins that will expand the current recycling program there.

The grant program offered by the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District allows local, non-profit and tax-exempt organization to apply for funds to undertake waste reduction, recycling and environmental education projects.  Lenn Detwiler, Executive Director for the Solid Waste Management District said, “The Solid Waste Management District is pleased to be able to support the good work of these organizations as they strive to conserve natural resources and teach others the benefits of waste reduction, reuse and recycling right here in our community.”

Since 2006, the District has awarded over $220,000 in grants to over fifty Hendricks County organizations.  Grant recipients have included schools in every school district in the County, churches, Sycamore Services, Hendricks County Extension Master Gardeners, the Hendricks County Arts Council, the towns of Amo, Avon, Brownsburg, North Salem and Plainfield, B&O Trail Association, Downtown Danville Partnership, the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County and many more.

The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District is now accepting grant applications for the Spring 2018 Grant Round.  The District has earmarked over $10,000 for the next grant round; each applicant is eligible for up to $5,000 in funding.  Interested parties can learn more about the grant program or contact Lenn Detwiler for more information.

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