Community Innovation Fund

The 2024 Community Innovation Fund is open!

Summer round due: August 15, 2024

Do you have an idea for reducing waste in your neighborhood, workplace, school, your favorite park or restaurant, or other community space, but aren’t sure how to get started? Apply for the Rethink Waste Community Innovation Fund!

The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is accepting applications for the 2024 Community Innovation Fund (CIF)! This program provides up to $5,000 per awarded project to implement waste reduction, reuse, recycle, and compost projects throughout Deschutes County. The Rethink Waste Project will provide a total of $54,500 in awards and application, implementation, and evaluation support in 2024. Depending on project budget requirements, 12 to 20 projects will be funded.

Projects must have measurable results - for example, the amount of waste reduced, the increase in waste recycled, community members reached, the amount of waste composted, etc. Project work should support equity and accessibility in our communities. Learn more about The Environmental Center's commitment to equity here.

Applicants may utilize project funds for materials, infrastructure, or time. Work should plan for continued success beyond this funding period.

If you have any questions about the suitability of your project idea, or about the application, please reach out to Kavi Chokshi,

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Too Good to be Trub

Fields Farm used the Community Innovation Fund in 2022 to purchase 5-gallon buckets which it...
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Improved recycling and composting practices at SCP

SCP Redmond Hotel will increase recycling and composting rates by adding recycling bins on the...
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Increase your water intake!

High Desert ESD will provide Juntos Aprendemos summer program participants with reusable water bottles. Juntos...

Check out what Central Oregon Community College accomplished through the Community Innovation Fund in 2019-2020!

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