Waste Reduction Sponsorships

Waste Reduction Sponsorships provide funding for Washtenaw County organizations to complete projects and initiatives that reduce, divert, or educate about waste. 

The sponsorship was created to provide local organizations funding needed to help accomplish the 2017 Solid Waste Plan (SWP) goals for reducing waste and increasing landfill diversion within Washtenaw County. Waste Reduction Sponsorships are available to all organizations that serve Washtenaw County residents and seek funds for projects related to the goals of the 2017 Solid Waste Plan.

Businesses, municipalities, authorities, 501(c)(3) non-profits, community organizations, formally organized neighborhood groups, and other organizations are encouraged to apply.

Click on the "Application Process" button for more information on timing and application requirements. When you're ready to apply, click "Apply Here" to fill out our application form.


2017 Washtenaw County Solid Waste Plan Goals

All projects seeking sponsorship from Washtenaw County must further the goals of the SWP, below (available on page 9 of the plan). Each goal has a robust set of objectives, provided in more detail on pages 57-60.

  1. Reduce the overall amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated per capita in Washtenaw County by 5% in the year 2022 and by 10% in the year 2027, with a target of working towards zero waste. 
  2. Increase municipal solid waste diversion rates from current levels (33%) to 38% in 2022 and 43% in 2027, with a target of 100% diversion.
  3. Develop, support, and monitor comprehensive education, outreach, and feedback programs to achieve the goals of this Plan.
  4. Ensure the safe, lawful and efficient management of municipal solid waste.
  5. Operate collaboratively within the County and regionally outside of the County for a comprehensive sustainable materials management strategy.

Sponsorship Types

All sponsorships have a minimum match requirement of 50% of project costs - more details available in the application process document linked above. The minimum match can even be calculated form the cost of staff or volunteer time! 

  • Small - $4,000 or less in sponsorship requested; total project $8,000 or less
  • Medium - $4,000.01 to $9,999.99 requested, total project $8,000.01-$19,999.99 
  • Large - $10,000 to $200,000 requested, total project $20,000 and above

Projects which significantly expedite progress towards the goals of the 2017 SWMP, such as a sponsorship for a regional Materials Recovery Facility or additional Drop Off Stations can be eligible for additional funds. Please contact the Public Works Manager at 734-222-6864.


Small sponsorship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Medium sponsorship applications are due by end of day on 3/31, 6/30, 9/30, and 12/31 to be considered for a sponsorship the following quarter. 

Large sponsorship applications must be received between December 1st and Dec 31st at 11:59pm to be considered.

Application Requirements

Find all requirements in the Application Process document linked above.

View the sponsorship flyer (PDF).