Person County School Recycling Grant
This has been a very busy week as Person County employees settle into the new fiscal year and start planning for upcoming projects. I’ve been able to sit in on a lot of these meetings, which, unfortunately, did not leave any time for me to go the G.R.E.A.T. camp like I had hoped. I apologize for the topic change, but in the vein of flexibility, I’m going to tell you about my first completed major project instead.
Person County commissioners voted to allocate more than $14,000 to Person Industries (I talked about this department here) to award to schools located in the county through a recycling grant program. Educating kids about recycling and other issues can lead to change because kids often take what they learn in school home to their parents and can be very persistent to do whatever their teachers suggested. It’s also valuable to teach good habits to kids so that they continue them into adulthood. The School Recycling Grant Program takes advantage of these benefits by urging schools to propose a recycling program and receive funding based on the quality of the proposed program.
My task was to write the request for proposals and create an application form for the School Recycling Grant Program. I didn’t have any previous experience with grants, so the County’s program is based on a NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) grant program. I also had help from IT to convert the application into PDF format. Hopefully, the RFP and application will be clear and easy to use for applicants.
There seems to be a good deal of excitement about the first year of the Person County School Recycling Grant Program. I can’t wait to hear about the proposals that will be submitted later this fall. If you’re interested, here’s the flier for the Person County School Recycling Grant.