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Sustainable Management of Food

Sustainable Materials Management 2020 Anaerobic Digestion Funding Opportunity

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Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Funding Opportunity

EPA supports diversion of food waste and other organic materials from landfills.  AD is an alternative to landfilling that results in environmental benefits in the form of renewable energy (biogas) and a product that can improve soil health (digestate). The goal of this funding opportunity is to accelerate the development of new or enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States.

EPA has completed its review of applications and has selected 12 recipients for the FY 19-20 competition.

Quick facts for SMM AD Funding Opportunity

  • Eligibility:
    • State (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands), local, Tribal, interstate, and intrastate government agencies and instrumentalities, and;
    • Non-profit organizations (as defined by 2 CFR Part 200) including non-profit educational institutions and non-profit hospitals. Organizations that fall under 501(c)(4) that lobby are not applicable.
  • Review of applications: Along with other requirements that are noted in the Request for Applications (RFA), applications must address one of the following statutory/regulatory criteria to merit further review.
    • Support state, tribal and/or local government programs that seek to use AD to increase their organic waste diversion rates or support other sustainability goals;
    • Demonstrate and/or implement solutions and/or approaches for increasing AD utilization that can be replicated by other communities, governments, or other entities; or
    • Establish new or expand existing partnerships (public/private partnerships) that result in development of AD capacity.
    • Projects are awarded under the general authority of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, Subchapter VIII, Section 6981, which must include in the project conducting and promoting the coordination of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, public education programs, and studies relating to solid waste.
  • Range of awards: Individual grant awards may potentially be in the range of $50,000-$300,000 for the funding period. Please refer to RFA for complete information.
  • Anticipated number of grants issued: 10-40


If you have questions about the 2020 Anaerobic Digestion Funding Opportunity, please contact Chris Carusiello at

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