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Opportunity for Colorado Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals, and IHEs to Participate in a Waste Reduction Project Development Program


Geographic Focus

USA: Colorado

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NextCycle Colorado

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #206462

Grant Description

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Opportunity for Colorado nonprofit and for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and individual entrepreneurs to participate in a waste reduction project development program. The opportunity is intended to help participants pursue creative projects that will develop new, or improve existing, recycling and composting end markets in the state. NextCycle Colorado is a business accelerator designed to improve the end markets for recovered commodities and organic materials in Colorado.

NextCycle helps the state reach its waste diversion goal by catalyzing recycling and recovery end-market growth while simultaneously creating jobs, increasing tax revenue, and improving Colorado’s environment. NextCycle helps teams develop their business plans, make connections across the state, find partners, understand the industry and economic data, identify feedstock, secure funding, and drive toward shovel-ready projects under the guidance of an expert advisory committee. 

Projects that directly improve existing end markets or create new end markets for recycled or composted materials in Colorado are eligible for NextCycle. End markets for NextCycle are projects, businesses, or other entities that turn recovered materials into marketable products; this includes manufacturing, secondary processing, and re-use. Recovered materials are materials that have reached the end of their current use and may include plastics, metals, fibers, organics (including food scraps), and construction and demolition debris.  There is no maximum or minimum project size, and there is no preferred geographic distribution of projects within Colorado. 

Teams that apply and are accepted into the NextCycle Colorado program will be able to advance their end-market endeavors through:

  • No-cost consulting support provided by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) and project subject matter experts (SMEs). 
  • Attending a multi-day business planning-focused bootcamp with travel and attendance costs covered by the NextCycle program. 
  • Participation in a Pitch Competition to potential funders, investors, partners, and community leaders. 
  • Access to subject matter on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), including experts in material processing, infrastructure, manufacturing, finance, risk assessment, partnerships, and market development.

For additional information about program benefits, see:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NextCycle teams can include for-profit, non-profit, university, governmental, or other members. A project team can consist of an individual person or a single company, or it may include any number of cross-sector entities.

Teams are encouraged to include regional partners. Out-of-state teams are eligible, but the project must directly address end markets in the State of Colorado.

This program aims to be inclusive in its engagement and will employ a lens that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Minority and women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

Projects that involve the combustion of municipal solid waste (MSW) for energy are not eligible for NextCycle. Projects that collect materials but do not process the collected materials are not eligible. Entities that have received previous RREO or FRWD grant funding are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period for NextCycle Colorado is now open. Applications are due on or before December 1, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MT.

- January 2023: Teams accepted into NextCycle
- Late-January 2023: Project kick-off and development of individual business growth plans
- February 2023: Business support and consulting begins
- March 6 - 8, 2023: Bootcamp – Denver/ Boulder area (in-person attendance required; all expenses are covered)
- May 2023: Colorado NextCycle Pitch Session (final date TBD, attendance required, all expenses are covered)
- June 2023: Exit interviews, NextCycle ends on June 30
- Spring/Summer 2023: RREO mini-grant round ($50K maximum funding)
- Fall 2023: FRWD advancing waste diversion grant round
- November 2023: RREO waste diversion grant round

FRWD Special Focus grants are offered every 8 months. FRWD Zero Waste grants are offered every 8 months

Term of Contract:

The boot camp will take place from March 6 to March 8, 2023.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to The email must
include ‘Application’ in the subject line.

Sign up for virtual office hours:

For more information, please email or call the NextCycle project team at or 303-953-2461.

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