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August 22, 2023

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Annual Circular Economy Funding Application Open for Two More Weeks

$100K Available for Program & Projects from Local Businesses and Organizations

Boulder County, Colo. -Local businesses and organizations have two more weeks to apply for county Zero Waste funds to help launch or grow their Circular Economy-related projects or programs. The application period is now open and closes on Friday, Sept. 8. Applications are currently available on the program webpage at

The Circular Economy Funding Program, formerly known as “Zero Waste Funding,” has been in place for the past 26 years and has provided over $1.5 million to local groups seeking to advance the Circular Economy and make a real impact on climate change through innovative and progressive projects that enhance resource conservation and foster circularity in Boulder County.

Funding breakdown (New for this year!)

The $100K total funding is divided into two funding categories for applicants:

  • $25K dedicated to smaller projects with a minimum request of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000
  • $75K dedicated to larger projects with a minimum request of $30,000 and a maximum of $75,000

The use of matching funds is not required. Local governments, non-profits, school districts, individual schools, and private companies may apply as long as the scope of work is within Boulder County and county-related insurance requirements are met.

“I really want to encourage any person, group, or business with an idea for preventing or even reducing non-recyclable, non-reusable, or non-compostable materials from being sent to a landfill,” said Public Works Resource Conservation Division Zero Waste Program Manager Cody Lillstrom. “We have some incredibly smart and talented individuals in this area who I know can help further the county’s goal of eliminating waste and building the county and region’s Circular Economy.”

The funds for this program come from the County’s Sustainability Tax. Examples of previous funding awards go Boulder Valley School District’s Food Services purchase and implementation of a system, LeanPath, to reduce food waste in their commercial kitchen that supplies food to all BVSD schools. Examples of potential projects include:

  • Material recovery facility sorting infrastructure and technology upgrades
  • Supporting material diversion and hard to recycle material diversion
  • Fleet efficiency
  • Carbon sequestration programs and technologies

For more information, visit the Circular Economy Funding webpage at, or contact Cody Lillstrom at or call 720-564-2220.